Sunday, March 16, 2008

Mac Attack IV: It's Been a While

The Mac Dictionary is a wonderful thing. Sometimes, it is also a hilarious thing. The hilarity usually lies in the example sentences it gives for its definitions; from the inane to the non-informative to the borderline offensive, there's always fun to be had when you absolutely have nothing better to do. Here are today's selections:

Before we begin, let me take a moment to thank an astute, anonymous reader, who left a comment linking to perhaps the funniest Mac dictionary moment I've ever seen. That will not stop me from trying to find some other ones of my own, however.

Crazy- "mentally deranged, esp. as manifested in a wild or aggressive way : Stella went crazy and assaulted a visitor ."
F'real? What? That's not crazy, that's just...violent and unpleasant. Maybe that "visitor" was actually a robber or rapist or both? Then what should Stella had done? I bet these misogynistic Mac etymologists would like to see Stella do nothing but slip into something more comfortable. Plus, Stella is such a totally outdated name.

Drunk- "informal a drinking bout; a period of drunkenness : he used to go on these blind drunks."
That's awful. Get off those blind drunks! They're probably confused enough as it is.

Hipster- "informal a person who follows the latest trends and fashions. | Derivatives: hipsterism |-ˌrizəm| noun"
I don't really have a problem with the definition; it's the derivative that gets me. Hipster is now an "-ism" word, which means that someone in Gallatin is eventually going to major in it. And then they'll research their thesis by working at American Apparel. And, you know, doing lots of blow. Whatever.

The- "denoting one or more people or things already mentioned or assumed to be common knowledge : what's the matter? | call the doctor | the phone rang."
I really wish the third example clause was listed first; that would make this a nice little medical drama. They're canceling E.R. after this season, you know.

-Josh

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