Friday, April 1, 2011

Eurpe* (for European, etc.)

Urination, which is also known, per Wikipedia, as "micturition, voiding, peeing, weeing, pissing, and more rarely, emiction," is a subject rife for comedy among the kindergarten set. Kids love jokes about poop and pee, as well as the all-consuming underpants. In fact, the Japanese have imagined their current nuclear disaster as one featuring exactly this sort of waste as a way of explaining things to their children. Yesterday, I happened to be trading puerile witticisms with a coworker and offered up this one, heard on a popular sitcom a few years back: "If you're American in the kitchen, what are you in the bathroom?" Answer: European! And no matter where you are, if you prove to be just a little too fond of this kind of "bathroom humor," it's altogether possible that people will say "urine love." Eurpe* was found ten times in OhioLINK and over 500 times in WorldCat. Making a typo is a natural human function. But don't let this one litter your catalog for too long—when ya gotta go, ya gotta go!

(Manneken Pis, a famous Brussels landmark designed by Jerome Duquesnoy in the early 1600s, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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