March 12, 2007

An Aptly Named ‘Lackey’ Has Been Very ‘Busy’

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:11 am

That would be one Ricky Lackey, who on Friday attempted to add a new verb to our rich language when he told a Cincinnati judge how he managed to “accomplish” so much:

“I be concubining.”

Yeah, I looked it up, and it’s not a verb, nor is it even a word.

You won’t like it what you see, but you really, really must read about the “accomplishments” resulting from Lackey’s “concubinations” at the link (“Concubinate” is a noun, which though obsolete, is useful enough to resurrect in this instance).

The mind, absolutely, staggers.

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UPDATE, Mar. 14 — La Shawn Barber caught the story.

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8 Comments

  1. Guy makes Tom Brady look like a piker in comparison. :-)

    Comment by largebill — March 12, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

  2. #1, ouch. Somehow I missed that *important* piece of news about Brady. Zheesh.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 12, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

  3. no, ‘concubinate’ is not a word. the word it’s more clearly and directly related to is ‘concubine’ AND contrary to this blogger’s assertion, while the practice (at least in its more archaic form) is obsolete, the word itself is not. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/concubine

    Comment by adrienne — March 14, 2007 @ 10:55 am

  4. #3, Concubinate gets 1 result at dictionary.com and it looks like it’s a word. In fact, clicking on the “cite this source” link yields three sources:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/cite.html?qh=Concubinate&ia=web1913

    Not that it’s life or death, but I’d be interested in knowing how I might be misreading the dictionary refs and descriptions, if that is indeed the case.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 14, 2007 @ 11:02 am

  5. to clarify, i meant that ‘concubinate’ the verb is not a word, but ‘concubinate’ the noun is. however, when referencing a related word in the dictionary, it should be the primary one for the sake of clarity, not another word that’s derived from the original. in this case the original word is ‘concubine’. not life or death, but the point is apropos since we’re on the subject of vocabulary.

    Comment by adrienne — March 14, 2007 @ 11:24 am

  6. #5, good point. That will teach me to try to get fancy with off-the-wall words. :–>

    Comment by TBlumer — March 14, 2007 @ 11:35 am

  7. ha ha…i thought it was funny someone noticed that the aptly named Mr.Lackey made up a word, and a pretty fancy one at that ; )
    great news story…

    Comment by adrienne — March 14, 2007 @ 11:44 am

  8. #8, thanks. The story is actually so sad on so many levels one hardly knows where to begin.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 14, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

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