Thursday, November 30, 2006

Keep it ruly!

Nice backformation ... last night on Stephen Colbert. (That's assuming Mrs. Verb and I heard it right, but I think we did.)

Awww, come on, you know that anybody who cares about language has to watch him sometimes: He did invent truthiness, after all.

Anyhow, last night one of his guys tells [ease up, now: Even Word Court says that the historical present is OK sometimes!] an elderly woman entering the new Stephen Colbert Museum (you had to be there) "Keep it ruly!"


Joe Salmons said...

I wonder if 'ruly' works in part because of some association with 'rule'?

By the way, it gets a mountain of g-hits -- 186,000, though many are a first name and other stuff. Some dictionaries do list it.

Celia said...
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