This has been posted before in the boodle but let's make it a kit. Ace boodler and porching-hour photog Mo has a blog named Den of Darkness where, among other things, she has made sense of the gibberish on this one. I'm sure that this sets a new land-speed record for self-indulgence, but (chisel these words on my tombstone) I just can't help it:
The Achendictionary - a quick reference guide to the achenspeak on the Achenblog (this will make absolutely no sense to those not frequenting said blog)
AABB - (Always A Boodle Behind) (not to be confused with ABBA) - not keeping up with the boodle. We are a loquacious bunch!
Achenaddict - one who is addicted to the Achenblog.
Achenara, Achenlater, Achenawhile, bachenawhile - farewell to the boodle.
Achenblog - a blog run by Joel Achenbach on washingpost.com.
Achenbloghogging - posting an inordinate number of comments.
Achenbook - a book authored by Joel himself, can be hard to find because they're out of print.
Achenbro - Joel's brother, Kevin, who is in a band called Rox Diamond.
Achenembarrassing - an embarrassing comment made in connection with the Achenblog.
Achenhead - headache.
Achenphotographer - the official photographer of the BPH - currently mo.
Achensecret - secrets said at the BPH not to be repeated at the Achenblog.
Achenshy - shy, especially with regard to attending the Porching Hour or boodling.
AHRRP - Achenblog Handle Reharvesting/Reallocation Program, a phenomenon whereby an individual - possibly the 'loper - would go back to old Boodles to find apparently abandoned handles that would later be adopted as his/her own. Handles acquired in this manner include "Observer" and "sweetiefur."
Bcfauxlettres - the fake letters bc advised we send to various members of the government.
Blorph - 1. Jim Beam; popular with omnigood/omnigoof. 2. a general "feh" statement.
Boddle - boodling gone wrong.
Boodle - (short for Kaboodle) the comments section of the Achenblog.
Boodle Porching Hour (or BPH) - Happy Hour for D.C. Boodlers (disclaimer - anyone is invited but must provide their own airfare and/or lodging).
Boodler - a person who posts comments in the Boodle.
Boodle Killer - the last person to boodle before a significant lag time in others boodling is sometimes accused of being a Boodle Killer. Joel likes to think his appearance in the Boodle has a tendency to kill the Boodle. He is wrong.
Boodling - the act of posting a comment on the Achenblog.
Boodling Out Of Order (or BOOO) - When someone posts a comment in response to a previous comment, but another comment is posted in between the two comments, making the comment look inappropriate or irrelevant.
Boodleville, Boodleborough, Porchville - names of places used by boodlers posting in other venues.
Burnt umber - color to be worn on National Umbrage Day; also a Crayola crayon color.
Dork - nerd; often used to describe frequent boodlers by those that are less than loquacious.
FBBI - Federal Bureau of Boodle Investigations, established in response to the Interloper Problem. Currently Achenfan is the official investigator as well as the Queen of the Boodle.
Feats of Strength - Under the Seinfeld orthodoxy, Festivus is not over until the head of the household is wrestled to the floor and pinned. This typically follows "the airing of grievances."
Feh - an exclamation similar to "darn", generally follows an scc statement.
Festivus - a "Seinfeld" term; an alternative to Christmas that includes "the airing of grievances" and a "Festivus pole"; Boodlers received Festivus gifts from bc at the 3rd Official Boodle Porching Hour on December 6, 2005.
FSM - Flying Spaghetti Monster or the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster; an alternative explanation for how the world came into being, in the context of evolution vs. intelligent design discussions. According to the official site "The Flying Spaghetti Monster: An invisible and undetectable being made of spaghetti and meatballs, the Flying Spaghetti Monster claims to be the true creator of the universe and life on Earth; all evidence of evolution or other origins of life, his followers, the Pastafarians, say, are tricks to throw off the unbeliever. The FSM's hobbies include flying through the universe, touching things with his noodly appendage and pissing off proponents of intelligent design creation theories. He could be defeated by common sense or acceptance of basic scientific principles, if only either of those things existed."
Hal the Schemer - creator of the Achenblog and sometimes technical advisor - always trying to find a way to take over the blog.
Handle - Name by which a poster is known on the Achenblog.
Higgs Ocean - a metaphorical twist on the theoritical Higgs Field, which permeates the universe and gives mass to particles. The Ocean is treated as the fabric of the universe, where everything - matter, mass, energy, thought, etc. - propagates waves of one sort or another in the Ocean.
Interloper ('loper) - Person who posts under other people's handles, changes a handle to insult a boodler and/or makes rude comments.
Kit - Joel's blog entries.
Kit and Kaboodle - the whole Blog -- both Joel's contribution and the comments.
Kaboodle - the comments section of the blog (shortened to boodle).
LindaLoo's Family Tree - simply put, Linda Loomis is related to everyone. Period.
Manfood- Food to which masculine men restrict their diets. Must be artery clogging and have walked on at least two legs. One exception to this rule is quiche. Quiche is not manfood. Salad may only be considered manfood if it contains red meat.
National Speak Like a Pirate Day - September 19 (ARGH!)
National Umbrage Day - a day on which many Boodlers took umbrage at various comments of other Boodlers (this year is was October 31, yes, Halloween) possibly because of a strong 'loper presence that day.
Observer, Observerism - (the O must always be capital) a concept based on quantum mechanics and special relativity that all sentient beings in the universe have equally valid perceptions of reality. Individual perceptions do not have to agree; in fact, most of the time, they don't.
Onanism - ummm... let's just say self-gratification.
Permalink - a devious otherwordly Hal the Schemer invention. Purpose is not yet known, though it is thought that the purpose may be to take over the world. The appearance of permalinks may indicate the end of times is approaching, as they appeared December 15, 2005 and the blog broke December 16, 2005 thus leaving many an achenaddict fiending.
Porching - sitting on a porch, OR, attending the Porching Hour, i.e., drinking.
Raj - Alternative name for the Boodle, proposed by Joel when the term "Boodle" was starting to sound a bit old; short for Garage, the idea being that the Kit would be called the Garret; lends itself well to the term "Raj Rage." um... notsomuch - didn't really catch on.
SAO 15 - (now defunct) Select Audience Of 15, the number of participants Joel initially envisioned his blog would attract. According to Joel, "Ideally the blog will have only about 15 readers, but very intellectual, refined, sensitive readers between the ages of 18 and 35 and with large amounts of disposable income."
SCC - Self-Castigation Club, a means by which Boodlers correct their own typos and grammatical errors, but no-one else's, except Joel's.
Snarky - 1. a characteristic of squirrels; one of the Boodlers is in fact called Snarky Squirrel 2. v. being snippy or crabby; "Don't be snarky with me!"
Tai Shan - THE Panda cub at the National Zoo and possible boodle mascot - that's still up in the air.
THE Porch - Joel's porch, also known as the Achenporch.
THE Tom - Tom Shroder, editor of the Magazine.
Tom the Butcher - Weingarten's name for Tom Shroder.
Tom the Surgeon - Tom Shroder's preferred nickname.
Umbrage - Offense, issue; umbrage is usually taken in a lighthearted way on the Achenblog.
Widdershins - technically it means counterclockwise; the wrong way; however in certain circumstances it can be used to refer to a direction which is against the light, i.e. where you are unable to see your shadow ie. "I am up to my widdershins in xyz" - it doesn't really matter what it means - it just sounds good.
Worlds Colliding- The occasional visit of a Significant Other to the Achenblog for mild harassment purposes. Also known as breaching the boodle.
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