Thursday, December 17, 2009

Comment of the Day

I'm always delighted by the amazing wit, not to mention downright hilarity, of those of you who comment here.

Today's winner (and I know it's early yet, but the local watering hole is calling to me fondly) is from the post There's Formal..and then there is just annoying.

Here's the comment:

Dear Snookie-ookums:

I am personally in dire need of the professional services of a competent octopus with close ties to the Herpet-American community.

It personally behooves me (though I'm not personally looking for anyone with hooves) to seek out only those octopi who double as sharks on occasion and I personally prefer those who do not inhabit pilfered coconuts.

My personal non-fiction novelized serial book: How to Succeed in the Office Aquarium will appeal to all creatures who live under water.

Thank you personally.
My personal-self.


Dee said...

I love it!

But does this mean Your Sharkness sometimes moonlights as an octopus? Is this a trick to confuse your more relentless author fans?

Josin L. McQuein said...

*weeps at the irony*

My comments, you like, my queries... not so much.


Susan Quinn said...

Josin - I still remember your 1st paragraph from Nathan's contest. Funny, you are!

Jm Diaz said...

That is funny.

Rebecca Knight said...

AHAHAHAHA! Nice ;). Who said professionalism was dead?

ryan field said...


It sounds like a pm I once got on facebook.

Lisa Desrochers said...

Can't top it. Won't try.

DebraLSchubert said...

Question: What if, hypothetically speaking, you're NOT a mammal and DON'T breathe air. Also (again, hypothetically speaking) what if English is NOT your native tongue? In those (strictly hypothetical) cases, would it, in fact, be okay to address you as "Dear Snookums?"

Also, what would your response be to said hypothetical query?

Possible (hypothetical) answers:

a) Please, for the love of all that is good in the world, send your full ms post haste!
b) Eff off.
c) Effing eff off.
d) Hypothetically speaking, eff the eff off.

Margaret Yang said...


T. Anne said...

Hmmm... sounds like a fish out of water to me. But then I'm just bitter.

Maryann Miller said...

LOL. This was great. I love it when creativity goes down a twisted path.

Chris Eldin said...

...doing a quick run around the internet, and came across this:

I hope you take a peek. It looks like something you'd enjoy.


DeadlyAccurate said...

Speaking of octopii, have you seen the video of the veined octopus using tools? YouTube video

Wilhem Spihntingle said...

Josin, that was awesome!

Alicia Walker said...

Thanks for the laugh! Oh, I'm still laughing! And tears are leaking out!

Anonymous said...

I'm revealing myself to be a bottom-dweller in matters of manners by quoting to the clever commenter:

"Proper plural is octopodes, though octopuses probably works better in English. Octopi is from mistaken assumption that -us is the L. noun ending that takes -i in plural."

[Slinks away to hide under my coconut shell.]

David Eric Tomlinson said...

Janet - I know from past readings of this site that the word "cephalopod" warms your heart.

I just read a great story called "Captivity", by Abby Geni, in the recent issue of Glimmertrain, which uses it in context no less than four times. A great, moving story. With cephalopods.

Check it out: