[Ads-l] Word: blurse - a combination blessing and curse

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Sun Nov 10 04:35:52 UTC 2019

Yeah, no. I'd have guessed it's a blend of blouse and purse. No wonder it
didn't catch on.

On Sat, Nov 9, 2019 at 1:43 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>

> Popular YouTuber PewDiePie recently created  video with the title
> "Blursed images is HILARIOUS". Images from the subreddit "Blursed
> Images" were discussed during the video. Here are two citations.
> Year: 1999 (1998 Copyright)
> Book title: Zombie Lover
> Author: Piers Anthony
> Quote Page 125
> Publisher: A Tor Book: Tom Doherty Associates, New York
> Database: Google Books Preview
> [Begin excerpt]
> "Pay what?"
> "The thumb tax, of course. One blurse for each thumb."
> "Blurse?"
> "Don't you know anything? A blessing-curse. Blurse."
> [End excerpt]
> Year: 1994 (GB date may be inaccurate)
> Book Title: Bohemia: Digging the Roots of Cool
> Author: Herbert Gold
> Quote Page 57 (GB)
> Publisher: Touchstone: Simon and Schuster, New York
> Database GB snippet match. (Metadata may be inaccurate; search for
> 1994 yields snippet that says "First Touchstone Edition 1994" which is
> good supporting evidence for the year)
> [Begin excerpt]
> A gypsy legend, which I heard as a teenage runaway among carnival
> people, explains to interested parties that Jesus spied the gypsy in
> the crowd along the Via Dolorosa who had forged the nails for his
> cross and pronounced upon him an ambiguous blurse, a combination
> blessing and curse: Because you made the nails with which I am
> crucified, you must wander the earth until my return.
> [End excerpt]
> Garson
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