Friday, February 04, 2011

GI: Wuv and Mawiage

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Friday edition of Genius Idiocy, where your humble hostess (that's me) takes a big Ibuprofen and a cup of double espresso and heaves a ginormous sigh of relief. 

In today's story, an individual of questionable rhetoric and execrable knowledge of history postulates on both the meanings of "marriage" and "tolerance".  Maybe the Amazons had the right idea.

“I'm sorry, but the words marriage belong to the Christian religions, as do the words husband (a male) and a wife (a woman), and gay marriage is an infringement of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“Need more info on how the words marriage, husband and wife belong to the Christian religions, just send me an IM and I'll be happy to answer you.

“I stand for freedom of speech, and tolerance is a two-way street.”

Right. Okay. The Constitution, First Amendment:  "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Secondly, I do not think the word “word” means what you think it means. 

Marriage:  From the Latin Maritatus, in common use centuries before the Christian era. Also see Princess Bride,”mawaige”—just ‘cause it’s a fun movie.

Husband:  from the Norse "hus bondi" meaning head of the household. Chauvanistic, maybe. Etymologically sound, yes.

Wife: from the old High German "wib" or possibly Norse "vif". Found in various forms in pagan Europe (ie, before Christianity)

That's it for this week, kids. I'm gonna get an ice pack and lie down. I'm out.  --Irish

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