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May 22, 2006

Condi Rice Gets Standing Ovation At Boston College

The liberal political advocates/part-time Jesuits must be tighting their cilices.

Dan Brown was always surprised at how few people knew the term "ovation" derived from the Roman tradition of honoring war heroes with a parade in the central streets of the capital. Actually, a lot of people knew that, but Dan Brown was frequently surprised at how he was frequently surpised by things people didn't know but actually did.

It just made him feel important to know things that only a few people knew (a "few" meaning several hundred milliion), and, by suggesting that such knowledge was esoteric or occult ("occult" from the Greek for "obscured," as evidenced in the term "occluded moon"), he could flatter all of his readers and make them enjoy his godawful books by pretending that they were part of the smart set who knew not-terribly-obscure things like the etymology for fairly basic words.

In other words, Dan Brown was an idiot. He had just been named as one of Boston's "Most Intriguing Cretins" by Boston Magazine. Few people seemed to realize that the word "cretin," meaning imbecile, was in fact evolved from the word "Cretans," or "inhabitants of the Isle of Crete." The earliest inhabitants of the Isle of Crete were thought to have evolved from a tribe called Total Fucking Morons, and thus had a reputation for being slow on the uptake or easily duped, as were, for example, Dan Brown's millions of fans.


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