User talk:Bobstay

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You taggd this as a speedy delete as "nonsense". It may well not belong on wikipedia, but I don't think it fits our definition of patent nonsense. Please reread that page and WP:CSD. I placed this article on AfD, and the discussion can be found at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Rawr. DES (talk) 22:32, 7 October 2005 (UTC)

Certainly the version you edited (19:30, 7 October 2005 belongs on AfD. Looking at the history, though, when I added the nonsense template, the content was "Rawr is probably the cool older cousin to um and like. Like your cool friend in college who suddenly stopped talking to you?" and there were no previous versions to revert to. So at the time, it certainly did qualify as patent nonsense, and the subsequent editor omitted to remove the "nonsense" template. Bobstay 07:52, 8 October 2005 (UTC)


"Burglarize" is, sadly, a genuine word. 17th century in English, but still in common use in the Leftpondian Colonies, and popular amongst their legal fraternity.

I must admit, I was distraught when I discovered this. Andy Dingley (talk) 15:58, 19 May 2009 (UTC) (who is, quite obviously, a Brit)

Every time I see it, I think "turn someone into a burglar": Curses, some miscreant has magically transformed my car into a glowering striped-shirted thief, crouching menacingly in my parking spot with his sack marked "Swag". Oh, dammit, no, they just took my radio.
Seriously, though, thanks for the info; I am also distraught to learn that it is a real word, especially of such antiquity. Could you let me know your source? Bobstay (talk) 09:32, 20 May 2009 (UTC) (who is also a Brit)
Primary source is losing a Usenet argument about it years ago 8-) On further searching, it's in the OED as genuine but archaic, and in many of those American "books with lists of words in" as current and acceptable. If I have time at home (some time around 2012 maybe) I'll try to find the actual OED entry for you. Andy Dingley (talk) 10:13, 20 May 2009 (UTC)
As you never delivered on this, I will do so in your place.
burglarize, v. U.S.


[f. burglar n. + -is.]

trans. To rob burglariously; to break into by violence for the purpose of theft. Also intr.

1871 Southern Mag. Apr. (Schele de Vere), The Yankeeisms donated, collided, and burglarized, have been badly used up by an English magazine-writer.    1876 Congress Rec. July 4419/2, I found that the house of a lady moving in good society had been burglarized.    1883 Talmage in Chr. Globe 13 Sept. 829/2 The man who had a contempt for a petty theft will burglarise the wheat-bin of a nation.    1884 Boston (Mass.) Jrnl. 7 Feb. 1 The house of John Fuller was burglarized on Wednesday night.    1926 J. Black You can't Win xi. 142 It was built to be burglarized.    1947 Jrnl. Crim. Law & Criminol. Nov.–Dec. 319, I tried to resist the urge to get outside and burglarise.

Hence ˈburglarizing vbl. n.

1872 Schele de Vere Americanisms 655 In like manner the burglar's occupation has been designated as burglarising.
1888 Merchant Traveler (Farmer), ‘What have you been doing for a living lately?’‥ ‘Burglarizing.’
I hope that helps … someone. Nerds Ohalix (talk) 10:48, 22 January 2010 (UTC)