Monday, September 29, 2008
English Gets a New Word
funderburk (fun·dur'·burc) v. -burked, -burking, -burks. To endorse insane or wildly dishonest material while holding a position of public trust, particularly political office, and then lying transparently about it.
FORT MILL, S.C. -- Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk says he was "just curious" when he forwarded a chain e-mail suggesting Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama is the biblical antichrist. "I was just curious if there was any validity to it," Funderburk said in a telephone interview. "I was trying to get documentation if there was any scripture to back it up."'Nuff said.
funderburk (fun·dur'·burc) n. An ignorant and foolish person who endorses strict Biblical literalism.
Etymology: a compound noun probably formed from
1: fun·da·men·tal·ist n. member of a movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to Christian life and teaching
2: berk n. An idiot, objectionable person. Probably derived from the rhyming slang Berkshire Hunt or Berkeley Hunt, meaning cunt. Also burk.