Don’t Make It Bad

I found this to be a most excellent and timely word of the day, and something I think all of us Stinquers should feel free to incorporate into any intelligent political discussion:

hey rube

MEANING:

noun: 1. A fight between members of a circus and the general public. 2. A call to rally circus members in a fight.

ETYMOLOGY:

The term originated in the 19th century when circuses were rowdy affairs and Hey Rube was the rallying cry to call all circus people to help in a fight with townspeople. It’s not clear whether Rube in this term was someone specific or simply a use of the informal term rube (shortened form of Reuben) for an unsophisticated person from a rural area.

Please discuss proper usage in the comments.

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Largely supplanted now by the modern term, a “palin.”

The late great Hunter Thompson used that as the title to his ESPN page 1 column. God how I wish we had HST with us for this election…

ManchuCandidate, this screams for another one of your patented covers.

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