Daily archives: June 26, 2004

Moral Turpitude

Turpitude, what a great word. A judge in Oklahoma is facing suspension after allegedly using a penis pump on himself during trials. He says he received the pump as a joke gift and is being framed.

“On one occasion, Ms. (Lisa) Foster (Thompson’s court reporter for 15 years), saw Judge Thompson holding his penis up and shaving underneath it with a disposable razor while on the bench,” the petition reads.

Tur”pi*tude, n. [L. turpitudo, from turpis foul, base.] Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions; shameful wickedness; depravity. –Shak.


via GeekPress, the ten most untranslateable words to and from English. It’s appropriate that Gobbledegook is one of the hardest English words to translate.

Is there a word, I wonder, for turning up to a meeting despite knowing from experience that the other party isn’t going to appear, but you have to go because you never know, this time they may turn up. Or, (slightly) less complicated, someone who is so consistently unreliable that they’re unreliability has become something you can rely on. It’s all turning into my own version of Waiting for Godot only without the beatings and suicide attempts.

Anyway, that’s what I spent yesterday afternoon doing. At least it was sunny and I got a few cow shots.

And a few non-cow pictures-

I also found a couple of books to add to my wants list- High Tide: news from a warming world and the Dictionary of Imaginary Places.