Sunday, October 4, 2009

SpongeBob Square Pants is Funny Too

funny word of the day: sponge

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈspənj\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Latin spongia, from Greek
Date: before 12th century
1 a (1) : an elastic porous mass of interlacing horny fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals (phylum Porifera) and is able when wetted to absorb water (2) : a piece of sponge (as for scrubbing) (3) : a porous rubber or cellulose product used similarly to a sponge b : any of a phylum (Porifera) of aquatic chiefly marine simple invertebrate animals that have a double-walled body of loosely aggregated cells with a skeleton supported by spicules or spongin and are filter feeders that are sessile as adults
2 : a pad (as of folded gauze) used in surgery and medicine (as to remove discharge)
3 : one who lives on others
4 a : a soft mixture of yeast, liquid, and flour that is allowed to rise and then mixed with additional ingredients to create bread dough b : a whipped dessert usually containing whites of eggs or gelatin c : a metal (as platinum) obtained in porous form usually by reduction without fusion d : the egg mass of a crab
5 : an absorbent contraceptive device that is impregnated with spermicide and inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse to cover the cervix

synonyms see parasite

— sponge·like\ˈspənj-ˌlīk\ adjective

I suppose SpongeBob Square Pants, star of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon of the same name, is the kind of sponge that is an aquatic animal that are mostly found in marine waters. To me, he just looks like a regular kitchen sponge, except with a face and pants. Regardless, he's really funny. Should I be embarrassed that I regularly watch that show even though I don't have kids yet? Perhaps. But I'm not ashamed.

1 comment:

  1. glad you included all the meanings: I wondered whether you intended it as a noun or a verb.