Friday, October 7, 2011

abderian



abderian [æbˈdɛərɪən] a.

1.) Given to laughter; inclined to foolish or incessant merriment (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary).

Etymology: Latin, from Abdera, adoption of Greek Άβδηρα, a town in Thrace where Democritus, the "laughing philosopher", was a native.

"—Heidelberg: Then let me bruise it in upon your brains that you should have the interest of my children as much at heart as my own interests, sir. Abderian ape! What are you grinning at?
—Markus: Ha, ha, ha, ha, ho, ho, hu, hu, ha, ha!
—Heidelberg: Baboon! hold down your risibility or he will trot you into trouble, sir" (Hernarne: a Comedy, William B. Felts, 1891).

(De jonge Rembrandt als Democritus de lachende filosoof, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1629)

22 comments:

Henry said...

Well call me an abderian man then.

D4 said...

This one feels a little weird to say.

Hasidic Plumber said...

I can safely consider myself an abderian ape hahaha i lack the ability to talk seriously :/

AllenTesch said...

I'm afraid that I am abderian.

meandmythinkingcap said...

Abderian ape, what are you grinning at? That is one sentence I would love to use.

It'sJodie-Ann,Bro. said...

Harhar. This word amuses me.

Lemons Don't Make Lemonade said...

I am slightly creeped out by that picture.

This word is just what I needed, thanks. I've been using "annoying giggly bitches" for way too long.

Meri said...

I'm going to have an abderian party when my stitches heal!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I think in our modern world, "abderian" has been superseded by "LOL". LOL!

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I think every country has an equivalent for this word. Here in Canada it's Newfie

Mai Yang said...

the image looks scary and funny at the same time :D

HYDRIOTAPHIA said...

Neat link of image with text.

Z said...

I would like to be Abderian once in a while

issy!!!!! said...

i think i have a case of the Abderian. i laugh all the time :)

Shutterbug said...

it sound like a medical term to me!

neatfit said...

.. Webster sure knew a looot of words.

JayJay said...

This is me. When I first saw this word I read it as Alderaan. I guess there could be such a thing as too much Star Wars.

cheshire said...

I have my abderian moments, rare as they may be.

MRanthrope said...

this might just be my new favorite word. So much lulz I can associate with this one.

Mark Noce said...

Cool word, but I love the Rembrandht as Democritus the most:)

Katie said...

Love this word!

Anonymous said...

Lol Lol when you hear that three letter word think of an abderian person. *interesting* ('

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