January 13, 2005

Le Mot Juste?

In a comment below, our pal Jen states that the correct term for a male bimbo is "himbo" instead of the Seinfeldian "mimbo."

I'm sticking with Jerry. Anyone want to jump in on this?

And while we're at it, what is the correct response to "No way!" Is it the Bill & Tedian "Yes way!" or the simpler Wayne's Worldish "Way!"

And to go farther afield, does one spell Homer Simpson's trademark interjection "D'Oh!" or "DO'h!" And from what is this expression derived? What gets shortened by the apostrophe?

Finally, reaching, well, foothill heights of bizarre, why is INDCent Bill so eager to give me $8? Come up with an original explanation and not only will I post it, I'll pass the eight bucks on to you!

Posted by Robert at January 13, 2005 11:33 AM

"Bimbo" is actually the right term for "a male hunk". That terminal "o" makes it masculine in Italian. The female version, never used except in Italian, is "bimba". How the sex-reversal came about it anybody's guess.

Keep it "bimbo" as a gender-neutral term.

Posted by: John at January 13, 2005 11:39 AM

I find 'himbo' requires less interpretation time, 'Way!' to be more eloquent, and the Oxford English Dictionary spelling is d'oh (and the first explanation of the apostrophe I found was here...

Posted by: LDH at January 13, 2005 01:11 PM


While I know that the common spelling of "d'oh!" includes the apostrophe, I prefer it sans apostrophe - doh!. Unfortunately, Father Justice (websense) will not allow me to view the link that LDH provided, so I don't know the origins of the punctuation.

Posted by: jen at January 13, 2005 01:22 PM

My votes.

1. Bimbo, for both sexes.

2. Way!

3. Doh! (no contraction necessary). I will defer to Matt Groenig's usage if he offers an opinion.

4. Avoid the INDC offer. Two words for you: Armstrong Williams.

Posted by: The Colossus at January 13, 2005 01:40 PM

--And while we're at it, what is the correct response to "No way!" Is it the Bill & Tedian "Yes way!" or the simpler Wayne's Worldish "Way!"--

They're both correct. ;-)

"Yes way!" is emphatic agreement, and "Way!" is either an expression of awe, or an aggreived "it's really true." It depends on the tone of voice and the context.

Of course, I *could* be pulling your leg....

Posted by: Romeocat at January 13, 2005 04:27 PM

The link from LDH says in part, "“D'oh!” originates from the Laurel and Hardy films. The the voice of Homer, Dan Castellaneta, was inspired by Jim Finlayson, who said “doooooh” (long and slow) whenever something angered him. However, Matt decided that to suit the speed of animation, it would be better said faster. And so, D'oh! was born."


Posted by: Jen's Dad at January 13, 2005 05:08 PM

My Dad rocks! Thanks. (He is a huge Simpsons fan, too.)

Posted by: jen at January 13, 2005 05:30 PM

Yes, Father Justice banned me, too. Thanks very much, Mr. Jen's Dad!

Posted by: Robert the LB at January 13, 2005 05:41 PM

Because 8 is a mystical/spriritual number. Man and woman are meant to be a pair. That pair is supposed to worship the triumvirate of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 2^3 = 8.
Or, maybe, he's just too cheap to give you a full $10.

Posted by: Sean at January 14, 2005 09:15 AM
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