Friday, May 30, 2008

The new coriander of the herban mob?

Yes. You've found me out, readers: I am, in fact, blogging purely because I thought of a title idea and had to put it somewhere. I could have micro-blogged on Facebook, I s'pose, but this one felt too titlish: I just had to splash it out to the world at large. Please comment if you need further explanation. Interpretations welcome.

Addendum: Upon rereading this post, I feel I should provide at least some explanation (however, obscurity is still my object)

Most people who know me know how I feel about Coriander.
Herban is a hyper-correction.

This title is chiefly for Lol.

Again, I invite interpretations of the title...

6 comments:

ilkfin said...

?:/

Gnae-O-Mi said...

Hmm...lessee...

I'm guessing that you're riffing on some American's tendency to drop the H at the start of words, making it 'urban mob'. And herbs are very popular with the suburban types, I believe. I certainly eat a lot of them.
And coriander has been a perennial (hee hee) favourite but perhaps it is about to be knocked off its pedestal by a new favourite? Ala 'red is the new black'? (Because suburbanites are known for loving a trend or two)

I can understand the urge to celebrate a clever new pun phrase :) I keep misreading my grammar textbook by seeing 'INTRANSIGENT verbs' and then wishing I could find a way to slip it into conversation. So far, nothing. But it probably sounds funnier in my head :D

Gnae-O-Mi said...

Oh no, misplaced apostrophy! It's a good thing my class has another 6 months to go...

Gnae-O-Mi said...

How do you feel about coriander, btw?

Hooch said...

I have been known to spontaneously spit an unexpected mouthful into my hand in front of guests at a dinner party. I leave the kitchen when someone is chopping it. Entire menus have been redesigned to accommodate my feelings on that urb!

Catalin said...

Herban is a hypercorrection for what, herbal?

The American pronunciation (all dialects, as far as I know) pronounce the common noun herb as 'urb' (while the nickname for Herbert has the aitch sound). So as a visual pun 'herban' works great for me!

Just to be pedantic, this pronunciation is standard American, whereas there is a particular regional dialect that includes a certain amount of 'h-dropping': in words like 'human' and 'huge' but not 'horrible' or 'hairy'. There is a British dialect that does it across the board, I think, and also adds an aitch to vowel-initial words.

Thanks for the pun! So sorry you hate coriander (which, by the way, only refers to the seeds in America--the leafy part is known as cilantro). It is one of my most favorite 'erbs!