June 01, 2006

Smarmy? Oh yeah, that's Perry all over

Pink Dome has a great piece up about how obsequious the press is to Rick Perry. A while back PD asked readers for comments about a good name for Perry, other than the overused 'goodhair'. 'Smarmy' was the one he went with and until today I hadn't thought much about it. Sad to say, I actually do have an early memory regarding this word.

When I was 7, my Mother told me she didn't like one of my childhood friends. She referred to him as smarmy and I asked what that meant. She responded, as only moms can, by defining the word in reference to a character from a TV show. At the time I was watching Leave it to Beaver in the mornings (ahhhh, childhood summers and Channel 11!) so Mother said "It's like when someone acts like Eddie Haskell."

Normally Mother's disapproval of one of my friends would have guaranteed an invite to sleep over ASAP. In this case, she had this kid pegged. I started calling him Eddie that afternoon. It took three days to make him cry and he finally stopped playing with us. I think he's now a Florida Republican, but I'm not sure.

I present two definitions of the word. One visual, the other from some shitty Mickeysoft dictionary that came with the software I purloined.

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smarm·y (smär?me) adjective
smarm·i·er, smarm·i·est

1. Hypocritically, complacently, or effusively earnest; unctuous. See synonyms at unctuous.
2. Sleek.

Excerpted from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Electronic version licensed from Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V., further reproduction and distribution restricted in accordance with the Copyright Law of the United States. All rights reserved.

That's our Rick. Smarmy like a motherfucker.

Sorry about the trip back to elementary... it was a fond memory of the first time I ever agreed with my Mother about anything.

Posted by mcblogger at June 1, 2006 03:03 PM

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