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Saturday, November 06, 2004

Abortion, n. The act of ending before beginning. Abortion of all kinds is vigorously opposed by those who believe that mistakes should be followed through to their ultimate, disastrous conclusion. Syn. Tom DeLay.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Letting a child live is not a disastrous conclusion.
I pray that God softens your heart and shows you the love that life brings.
P.S. And it is called adoption, if you don’t have the means to keep a child.
Many other people out there who would love that child.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Jassalasca Jape said...

Dear Anonymous,

With respect, the term has a broader meaning in the full version of the English language. I have amended the entry to make this clear to the general readership, but at your pleasure, I offer this, from the Dunciad, an epic poem by the very Catholic Alexander Pope:

Dulness with transport eyes the lively Dunce,
Remembring she herself was Pertness once.
Now (shame to Fortune!) an ill Run at Play
Blank'd his bold visage, and a thin Third day:
Swearing and supperless the Hero sate,
Blasphem'd his Gods, the Dice, and damn'd his Fate.
Then gnaw'd his pen, then dash'd it on the ground,
Sinking from thought to thought, a vast profound!
Plung'd for his sense, but found no bottom there,
Yet wrote and flounder'd on, in mere despair.
Round him much Embryo, much Abortion lay;
Much future Ode, and abdicated Play;


So nice chatting with you, do have a nice day.

5:29 AM  
Anonymous English Fanatic said...

Perhaps you know, perhaps you don't, but that quote by Pope that you so unceremoniously threw at a Christian is completely out of context is actually not about the abortion of a child. Here, Pope is addressing his distain for other writers of the 18th century (ones without a classical education). He feels that their works are like aborted children: wonderful in theory but not developed to their full potential and, frankly, if it is not developed fully it is worthless (like an aborted fetus.) So...maybe you should try to find another Catholic abortion supporter. You'll be hard pressed to find one.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Jassalasca Jape said...

If you would read the lines, rather than conveniently restricting your attention to what is between them, you might notice that my precise point was that the term "abortion" can be used with more than one meaning -- even if we must rely on dictionaries other than this one of my own invention. This was surely obvious from the headline definition that spawned this tedious bout of constipated hair-splitting -- unless, of course, you would have us believe that Tom DeLay was literally aborted and somehow survived -- a development that would rather undermine the foundations of your outrage, would it not.

For that matter, the word "catholic" can also mean more than one thing. But I digress.

As for your very odd suggestion that I have cited Alexander Pope as a proponent of abortion, I am afraid that I have no clue how that notion found its way into your head. I am certain, however, that Pope, who effectively abandoned straight epic poetry as unsuitable to his own age, would be relieved to find that his chosen refuge of satire has such a lasting relevance. Your single-minded thick-headedness is a tribute to his life's work.

3:16 AM  
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