Sunday, April 27, 2008

Overheard in front of the TV...

...during a DR lawn gizmos commercial:

R: "'Scarifying' the dirt?"

T: "Yeah. There are little monster faces on the bottom of the mower deck that go 'Boogity-boogity-boogity!' and the dirt goes 'Eeek!'"

7 comments:

Billy Beck said...

The first time I ever saw that word was in Churchill's history of WW II, where he warns P├ętain and Weygand that relinquishing the French Fleet to the Nazis would "scarify their names for a thousand years of history".

(vol. II, "Their Finest Hour", p. 217)

HTRN said...

Uhm, the root word of Scarification isn't "scare" it's "scar". In horticulture, it means to damage the outer coating of a seed to encourage germination.

It has other meanings, including Body modification.

og said...

Thank god DR doesn't make a scabbler. yet.

Tam said...

htrn,

Yes, but the DR voiceover guy made it sound like their mower would leap out from behind doors and yell "BOO!" at the ground.

kbarrett said...

Whirling blades do a great job of scare-ing ( or scaring ) me.

HTRN said...

Hmm, a garden implement that terrifies plants into growing...

There's a patent in there somewhere.

reflectoscope said...

1. This is why I don't read your blog with food in my mouth, the two have proven incompatible;

2. I believe tomorrow after work I shall say, "boo," to my lawn, and see what happens. I mean, just to be safe.