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February 16, 2007 11:24 AM   Subscribe

Meh.
posted by metaplectic (129 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cripes! Get a competent web designer. DOY!
posted by DU at 12:23 PM on February 16, 2007


Heh.
posted by loquacious at 12:24 PM on February 16, 2007


meh.
posted by ardgedee at 12:24 PM on February 16, 2007


Feh.
posted by grobstein at 12:25 PM on February 16, 2007


Haw haw!!!
posted by The Deej at 12:26 PM on February 16, 2007


Doy!
posted by ColdChef at 12:28 PM on February 16, 2007


Ug.
posted by yeti at 12:36 PM on February 16, 2007


Language marches on.
posted by spock at 12:36 PM on February 16, 2007


Eww.
posted by loquacious at 12:37 PM on February 16, 2007


Wha?
posted by found missing at 12:37 PM on February 16, 2007


Meh.
posted by hob at 12:39 PM on February 16, 2007


nyuk nyuk nyuk.
posted by tula at 12:39 PM on February 16, 2007


When the Greek grammarian Thrax...

Bah. Thrax wasn't the dude's name, it was an epithet added to distinguish Dionysius Thrax (Διονύσιος ὁ Θρᾷξ, 170‑90 BC) from the zillion other Dionysiuses out there (I believe Dionysius was the most common Greek name in ancient times by a wide margin). It means 'Thracian,' so that the whole name can be rendered "Dennis from Thrace."

That said, this was an enjoyable piece, rendered particularly believable by the imprimatur of MeFi's own myl (Mark Lieberman).
posted by languagehat at 12:40 PM on February 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Kweh.
posted by RokkitNite at 12:41 PM on February 16, 2007


Yea!
posted by milquetoast at 12:42 PM on February 16, 2007


Enh.
posted by graymouser at 12:45 PM on February 16, 2007


Thhppt.
posted by jefbla at 12:46 PM on February 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Uff-da!
posted by briank at 12:46 PM on February 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


pshaw
posted by erskelyne at 12:47 PM on February 16, 2007


My!
posted by roll truck roll at 12:48 PM on February 16, 2007


SKRROOOOOONNNKK
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:49 PM on February 16, 2007


I gotta say that I find this more than a little amusing:

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "meh" is a form of the obsolete english word "mighe". Specifically examples of "meh" used this way in print can be found circa 1300.

So what is the definition of "mighe"? to urinate

— Which is pretty much what "meh" means in it's current usage in blog comments, (as in "piss on this") resurrected 700 years later. What are the chances of that?
posted by spock at 12:50 PM on February 16, 2007 [3 favorites]


Ugh.
posted by dazed_one at 12:51 PM on February 16, 2007


ack!
posted by nola at 12:53 PM on February 16, 2007


fhhhhhppt!
posted by DragonBoy at 12:53 PM on February 16, 2007


KHAAAAAAN!
posted by generichuman at 12:54 PM on February 16, 2007


Eh?
posted by Mayor West at 12:55 PM on February 16, 2007


Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh
posted by Deep Dish at 12:57 PM on February 16, 2007


Pfft.
posted by routergirl at 12:57 PM on February 16, 2007


mee-oww!
posted by desuetude at 12:57 PM on February 16, 2007


Hmmm.
posted by yhbc at 1:00 PM on February 16, 2007


Guh.
posted by Mikey-San at 1:01 PM on February 16, 2007


Balls!
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:03 PM on February 16, 2007


What of the even-more-dismissive smeh?
posted by lekvar at 1:04 PM on February 16, 2007


w00t!
posted by maudlin at 1:08 PM on February 16, 2007


That said, this was an enjoyable piece, rendered particularly believable by the imprimatur of MeFi's own myl (Mark Lieberman).

It's Liberman, languagehat. We normal mortals have to scratch and beg just to get a post-hoc name drop by Pullum, whilst you just sit back and get linked to regularly on the llog front page, you weasel. You could at least spell the man's name right.

And I hate that he's got a lower user number than me. Freakin' linguists.

posted by cortex at 1:08 PM on February 16, 2007


Zuh?
posted by graymouser at 1:08 PM on February 16, 2007


And how to render the sound of an unvoiced glottal cough-type-thing of disgust, anyway? It's a great interjection—like a tiny little spasm of audible but not-quite-vocalized uncontrollable rejection—but I can't think of a good rendering, short of "*cough*".
posted by cortex at 1:10 PM on February 16, 2007


*deletes multithousand-word treatise on why the glib sentiments embodied by "meh" might represent the nadir of a particular branch of civilization*

Shazam!

posted by gompa at 1:12 PM on February 16, 2007


Zoinks!
posted by spilon at 1:14 PM on February 16, 2007


wheeHAWKEN!
posted by COBRA! at 1:20 PM on February 16, 2007


Fnord. (this comment is invisible)
posted by ZenMasterThis at 1:21 PM on February 16, 2007 [3 favorites]


Crikey!
posted by jimmythefish at 1:25 PM on February 16, 2007


Odds bodkins!
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:28 PM on February 16, 2007


Uuuungh...

*dies*
posted by pardonyou? at 1:28 PM on February 16, 2007


Zounds!
posted by Arcaz Ino at 1:28 PM on February 16, 2007


Blort!
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:30 PM on February 16, 2007


Narf!
posted by langeNU at 1:33 PM on February 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


boioioioioing. aOOOga. gnurgnur. badongadongadonga. badabing. gyukyukyuk. oogleoogleoogle. hmmmmm. wawawawawawaaaaa. brapp.
posted by hexatron at 1:34 PM on February 16, 2007


Meep!
posted by rhizome23 at 1:34 PM on February 16, 2007


Edepol!
posted by Busithoth at 1:36 PM on February 16, 2007


Öh?
posted by soundofsuburbia at 1:39 PM on February 16, 2007


Brah?
posted by 1f2frfbf at 1:39 PM on February 16, 2007


Woocha!
posted by tristeza at 1:42 PM on February 16, 2007


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "meh" is a form of the obsolete english word "mighe". Specifically examples of "meh" used this way in print can be found circa 1300.

Specifically, this example, from the Otho MS. of Layamon:
He nam his vrnal anon; an þe king meh þar-on.

Which looks like it should mean 'He took his urinal anon, and the king pissed thereon,' but probably doesn't. I have no idea what "vrnal" means, though.

It's Liberman, languagehat... You could at least spell the man's name right.


Fuck me! God fucking damn my rotting hide, I do that all the time! And Mark hates it, and I promised him I'd never do it again after he [sic]ed me on p. 113 of Far from the Madding Gerund: "On the question of the number of new English words per year, Languagehat writes: Lieberman [sic] rightly (in my opinion) discounts the trademarks..." And he's bound to see this and seethe. Dammit, now I want the ability to edit comments.

Feh!
posted by languagehat at 1:46 PM on February 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


(annoyed grunt)
posted by graymouser at 1:46 PM on February 16, 2007


Jinkies.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 1:47 PM on February 16, 2007


urp?
posted by Pliskie at 1:47 PM on February 16, 2007


Oh.
posted by swift at 1:49 PM on February 16, 2007


schmeh
posted by premortem at 1:50 PM on February 16, 2007


hurf durf butter eater?
posted by lalochezia at 1:50 PM on February 16, 2007


psyche!
\\\runs away
posted by Lord Kinbote at 1:54 PM on February 16, 2007


And Mark hates it, and I promised him I'd never do it again after he [sic]ed me on p. 113 of Far from the Madding Gerund...

In print! Fantastic!

And it's okay. I only mock so viciously because I have committed the same error, and worse, under less flattering circumstances.

posted by cortex at 1:56 PM on February 16, 2007


Also, I can't believe, given the Simpsonian heritage of meh, that we have yet to see this'n:

Snuh?
posted by cortex at 1:57 PM on February 16, 2007


Bwah!
posted by gummo at 1:58 PM on February 16, 2007


as Bill the Cat would exclaim....ack!
posted by winks007 at 1:58 PM on February 16, 2007


Yip-yip-yip-yip... Uh-huh. Uh-huh.
posted by scblackman at 1:58 PM on February 16, 2007


ColdChef: In my youth, we usually said "no doy" rather than "doy", to mean "no kidding!" or "isn't it obvious?"
posted by Lord Kinbote at 2:02 PM on February 16, 2007


cortex, my closed captioning invariably renders that as "scoffs".
posted by katemonster at 2:04 PM on February 16, 2007


Oh! "scoff" is a pretty good rendering. Have I just been to dense to pick up on that as an established literal relationship all these years?
posted by cortex at 2:07 PM on February 16, 2007


Durhey!
posted by Durhey at 2:07 PM on February 16, 2007


Durhey!
posted by Durhey


Ha!
posted by Divine_Wino at 2:20 PM on February 16, 2007


You have no idea how long I've been waiting to do that.
posted by Durhey at 2:22 PM on February 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


¡ Ja ja ja !

As it happens, me laughing "in spanish" seems like ya ya ya instead of ha ha ha to my english speaking (writing?) friends.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 2:23 PM on February 16, 2007


So I bacame used to "laughing" in "english". Now it must sound like a a a to my spanish speaking friends.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 2:25 PM on February 16, 2007


Ban!





just kidding
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 2:26 PM on February 16, 2007


Interjections! (Well!) show excitement! (Oh!) or emotion (Hey!)
They're generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point -
Or by a comma when the feeling's not as strong.

So when you're happy (Hur-ray!) or sad (Aww!)
Or frightened (Eeeeeek!) or mad (Rats!)
Or excited (Wow!) or glad (Hey!)
An interjection starts a sentence right.

hrumph.

(as in: I didn't get a hrumph outta that guy - Hrumph the governor! Hrumph! Hrumph! - You watch your ass)
posted by Smedleyman at 2:27 PM on February 16, 2007


D'oh!
posted by anthill at 2:32 PM on February 16, 2007


Churchey la Femme never said it better.
posted by lekvar at 2:34 PM on February 16, 2007


Psshhht.
posted by deborah at 2:39 PM on February 16, 2007


Pshaw.
posted by Muddler at 2:41 PM on February 16, 2007


Yeah, yeah.
posted by O Blitiri at 2:42 PM on February 16, 2007


I only mock so viciously because I have committed the same error, and worse, under less flattering circumstances.

That was you?
*points, laughs*
Er, I mean, I feel your pain.

posted by languagehat at 2:42 PM on February 16, 2007


Oi.
posted by QuietDesperation at 2:46 PM on February 16, 2007


god, I was hoping someone would recognize that. Lekvar, you have made my day.
posted by COBRA! at 2:51 PM on February 16, 2007


Aaaaaaaiiiiiiieeeeeeee!
posted by CrazyLemonade at 2:53 PM on February 16, 2007


Snikt.
posted by Midnight Creeper at 2:55 PM on February 16, 2007


It was in IRC. It was never meant for public consumption. Backroom chatter. Someone on the channel blogged it, and Zimmer found it, and, well, yes. Hrm.

There is no cabal.

posted by cortex at 2:57 PM on February 16, 2007


mwah/muah!
posted by lostburner at 3:00 PM on February 16, 2007


Huzzah!
posted by mazola at 3:04 PM on February 16, 2007


Oh, and *fap!*
posted by mazola at 3:12 PM on February 16, 2007


pwned.
posted by Ndwright at 3:13 PM on February 16, 2007


yada yada yada
I can't believe that nobody else had used that yet. What, is Seinfeld now Old and Busted? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
posted by wendell at 3:20 PM on February 16, 2007


Zomg.
posted by IcyJuly at 3:27 PM on February 16, 2007


Eeek!
posted by porpoise at 3:48 PM on February 16, 2007


Smedleyman knows Schoolhouse Rock. Awesome!
posted by winks007 at 3:55 PM on February 16, 2007


Oooooof!
posted by maryh at 3:55 PM on February 16, 2007


Marr.
posted by crinklebat at 3:58 PM on February 16, 2007


Yow!

(and I really think that the OED was reaching there; the chances of three letter with a vowel in the middle being used before is quite high. The brain does so want to have clear etymologies for words; it makes the world a neater, if smaller and more bland, place.)
posted by scruss at 4:26 PM on February 16, 2007


"Keh." or perhaps "Khh." would be my rendition of the unvoiced glottal cough-type-thing of disgust.

Snu-snu.
posted by xiojason at 4:31 PM on February 16, 2007


He nam his vrnal anon; an þe king meh þar-on.

Mark E. Smith was around in the 13th century?
posted by mykescipark at 4:59 PM on February 16, 2007


Aroo?

Ha! I beat Mark Liberman to MetaFilter by 64 users!
posted by moss at 5:17 PM on February 16, 2007


Mkay.
posted by grateful at 5:22 PM on February 16, 2007


Gnnng.
posted by RokkitNite at 5:40 PM on February 16, 2007


AIEE! AIIEEE! ARRRGH! AWK! AWKKKKKK! BAM! BANG! Bang-eth! BAP! BIFF! BLOOP! BLURP! BOFF! BONK! CLANK! Clange! Clank-est! CLASH! CLUNK! Clunk-eth! CR-A-A-A-CK! CRASH! CRR-AAACK! CRUNCH! Crunch-eth! EEE-YOW! FLRBBBBB! GLIPP!!! GLURP! KAPOW! KAYO! KER-PLOP! KER-SPLOOSH! KLONK! KRUNCH! OOOFF! OOOOFF! OUCH! Ouch-eth! OWWW! !OX?-eth! PAM! PLOP POW! POWIE! QUNCXXX! RAKKK! RIP! SLOSH! SOCK! SPLA-A-T SPLATT! SPLOOSH SWA-A-P SWISH! SWOOSH THUNK! THWACK! Thwacke!! Thwape!! THWAPP! TOUCHE UGGH! URXX URKKK!! VRONK! WHACK! Whack-eth! Wham-eth!! WHAMM!! WHAMMM!! WHAP! ZAM ZAMN! [my personal favorite] ZAMMM! ZAP! Zap-eth! ZGRUPPP! ZLONK! ZLOPPP! ZLOTT! ZOK!! ZOWIE! ZWAPP! Z-ZWAP! Z-Z-Z-ZWAP! ZZZWAP!
posted by cenoxo at 5:50 PM on February 16, 2007


Hahaha!
posted by bru at 5:53 PM on February 16, 2007


jolifanto bambla ô falli bambla
grossiga m'pfa habla horem
égiga goramen
higo bloiko russula huju
hollaka hollala
anlogo bung
blago bung
blago bung
bosso fataka
ü üü ü
schampa wulla wussa ólobo
hej tatta gôrem
eschige zunbada
wulubu ssubudu uluw ssubudu
tumba ba- umf
kusagauma
ba - umf
posted by mykescipark at 5:57 PM on February 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Blorch!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:22 PM on February 16, 2007


Doop!
posted by mazola at 7:35 PM on February 16, 2007


yikes!
posted by mmrtnt at 7:55 PM on February 16, 2007


Meh of the web!
posted by the_bone at 8:01 PM on February 16, 2007


Oh, and this post is kind of eponysterical if you squint.

Meh.
posted by metaplectic

posted by the_bone at 8:02 PM on February 16, 2007


I tag "Mehtafilter"

Cha!
posted by mmrtnt at 8:13 PM on February 16, 2007


Previously -- AskMe on the origin of "meh."
posted by chinston at 8:29 PM on February 16, 2007


Mehtafilter!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:32 PM on February 16, 2007


"Smedleyman knows Schoolhouse Rock. Awesome!"

It's great to learn. 'Cos knowlege is power.

...hmmm....should I limit all comments to platitudes from schoolhouse rock? Truly all knowlege stems from that spring.
Nah, I get my thing in action.
posted by Smedleyman at 8:51 PM on February 16, 2007


OMG, it's full of interjections!
posted by reventlov at 9:03 PM on February 16, 2007


Bof!
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 9:14 PM on February 16, 2007


Squeeeeeeee
posted by Happy Dave at 1:26 AM on February 17, 2007


I can't believe the poster whose username this is didn't avail him(or her)self of its use, as it is an excellent and underused interjection:

COBRA!

It means "we be-domed mercenaries will be defeated in a hail of blue lasers."
posted by Slothrop at 1:39 AM on February 17, 2007


Not mercenaries, man. True believers in a righteous cause.
posted by COBRA! at 5:36 AM on February 17, 2007


FUT!
posted by 31d1 at 7:24 AM on February 17, 2007


Fuuuuup!
posted by dreamsign at 8:34 AM on February 17, 2007


Ut! Though that may be the sole province of Flaming Carrot.
posted by cortex at 9:26 AM on February 17, 2007


Aaaarooooogah!
posted by brundlefly at 9:57 AM on February 17, 2007


Buh.
posted by rhapsodie at 1:49 PM on February 17, 2007


Mrph.
posted by rifflesby at 3:09 PM on February 17, 2007


Spleesh, Leela!
posted by shokod at 7:12 PM on February 17, 2007


Yar.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 10:13 PM on February 17, 2007


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