For the first case ("Justin has a tribal on his left thigh.") I propose substituting the word "shithead", or "dumbshit" i.e. "Justin has a dumbshit on his left thigh." The same substitution could be more generally made to describe any kind of tattoo where the recipient does not speak the language s/he's been tattoo'd with...
that would unfairly eliminate all latin or other dead language tattoos
hahahahaha *love* this. I almost want to submit a link to this on the anthro group I read.
Interestingly, the word 'tribe' cannot be translated into Bislama, and doesn't exist in any of Vanuatu's ~100 languages.
Tell me you have a special fate devised for Hakim Bey.
2007-02-15 04:09 am (UTC)
Heh. I suggest another rule, prompted by my friends annoying way of using that word: Do not imply that someone who shares some superficial categories with you (wow he likes Star Wars! And Family Guy! And lives in his mother's basement!) is part of "your tribe".
1. The word "caste" is probably more accurate for the idea you're trying to get a cross, you anthropological nitwit.
2. If you really were part of my "tribe" the leaders would bind you to a tree so the wolves or crows or whatever can eat you, after which the useful remaining members of the tribe would travel to the next hunting ground.
Heh. Number two reminds me of an anecdote. My friend Kathy was born in a tiny village in Malekula island, Vanuatu. Her grandfather was one of the last people in Vanuatu to taste human flesh.
Once, during a particularly tense meeting with a particularly stupid consultant, she leveled her gaze at this twit and said, "You know, if we'd been having this meeting 50 years ago, I'd have eaten you by now."
Justin has a tribble on his left thigh?
Uh oh. How does Tribal style belly dance escape the rules? It's an absurd title, I know. Belly dance is such a mishmash of movements from different origins that Tribal style means what?
What she said. The term "tribal style bellydance" has been used to describe a form of bellydance that is a conglomeration of styles from a large array of regions--as opposed to "cabaret" bellydance, which is the other main style. If my understanding is correct the term "tribal style bellydance" goes back at least 20-30 years, predating crazy modern use of "tribal" as a noun or standalone-adjective for tattoos, music, and other pop-culture.
So aside from the bellydance exception, I totally agree with you 100%. Every time I hear "a tribal," my skin crawls. Those people should be made to say "tribble" instead.
it's official. you have been sucked into belly dance land.
2007-02-17 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: The trouble with tribals
He's been outed as an outie?
2007-02-15 06:02 pm (UTC)
Please allow exceptions for "urban tribal"
This is a classic descriptivist verses prescriptivist rant. However being a bit of a fusspot myself, I must side with the substitute's guidelines.
I reserve the right to continue using "urban tribal" to refer to clueless jackasses that are chronically under-utilized (for my nefarious schemes anyway).
ooh you used "fusspot" and "nefarious" in the same post. those are great words on their own.
2007-02-15 08:54 pm (UTC)
I believe you are all missing the main point here
"Insufficient Pants" is a great name for a band.
The word does not refer to brown-skinned people with insufficient pants who live in rural areas.
That's several Sergio Aragones panels conjured up right there.
(With some chimps watching, one of which is uttering the word "vootie".