Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Unacceptable!

Boosh has been getting more petulant in public than usual, since a lot of things aren't going his way. In the movie 'The Princess Bride,' the evil Vizzini's (Wally Shawn) pet invocation of exasperation was "inconceivable!" When the Dread Pirate Roberts keeps gaining on the kidnappers of the Princess, Robin Wright, Vizzini says, "Inconceivable!" The Preznit's equivalent invocation is "unacceptable!"

In the movie, the swordsman Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) tells Vizzini: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." It's the last phrase he utters, as he chokes on the arsenic he himself has poured. The Preznit's not happy, and "unacceptable" is not the most comforting word he could use, coming from someone who had a sceptre and crown painted onto the ceiling of the White House dining room.

Here's another invocation: Froomkin! No, I'm not trying to scare you by calling up a German poison dwarf. Dan Froomkin works for the Washington Post Online, and has a blog. Real journalists at the dead-tree WaPoo, a different division of the Washington Post Media Empire, have tried to get him fired numerous times. Froomkin writes the most-read pages in the Post. He discusses Boosh displeasure at length today, and I stole the above Princess Bride comparison from his column, "Bush in a Snit."

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