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The Pajiba Dictionary

An Afternoon Comment Diversion / Dustin Rowles

Comment Diversions | November 19, 2008 | Comments ()


Newbies and more casual readers often drop by the site, get involved in the comment section, and begin to scratch their heads when they see odd terminology like Godtopus, The Eloquents, Barbado Slim, The Murdertank, Scrabble Sex, and Taco Dip. For the most part, Pajiba terminology evolves over time, so it’s difficult to go back and pinpoint an exact definition in any specific post, as has been requested so often.

But we are a semi-inclusive site, assuming you’re our kind of people (and by “our kind of people,” I mean: Not an idiot; an effusive, irony-free fan of The Notebook; or a proud fan of Mandy Moore’s music — TK excluded). There is a certain mythology to the site that’s built up over the years, and there’s a need for a handy-dandy reference for those tuning in late.

So, on the suggestion of Skitz (formerly Skittimus Maximus), I want to put together a Beginner’s Guide to Pajiba. I hate to put you folks on the spot, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do: Ask the lot of you to offer up suggestions and/or definitions for the glossary. After the diversion has run its course, I’ll take the best of those definitions and compile them into the Pajiba Glossary, which I’ll add to the navigation bar, where it will rest for an eternity, growing and evolving over time.

I’ll start, offering up a short explanation for one of the more common questions asked around these parts:

Department of Homeland Security: Cabinet department of the U.S. federal government with the responsibility of protecting the territory of the U.S. from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters. In May 2005, under the Bush administration, DHS mysteriously seized the hard drives of the server Pajiba then resided on, offering no explanation nor ever returning hard drive (several other sites also resides on the server). The site was rebuilt from Google caches, and any and all comments prior to May 2005, as well as a handful of comments and our short-lived political section, were forever lost.



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