Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hoekstra is a verb

Hoekstra: v. to complain about your own situation by comparing it to a much much worse situation. To act like a hilariously whiny little bitch.

I wouldn't bet on this one catching on. It's less than a dozen hours old. But I love the story behind it.

U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, has a Twitter account. And apparently, when he learned of Twitter's role in the Iranian protests, he felt a certain bond with those who were organizing their stand against the oppressive theft of democracy. He felt a camaraderie with those who were putting their lives at risk for the sake of democracy.

Around noon today, he posted the following in solidarity:

Now that's a tone deaf tweet.

some tweets in reply:

paganmist: @petehoekstra Had to move all my stuff to a new office w/o a corner view. Now i know what the Trail of Tears was like. #GOPfail

netw3rk: @petehoekstra Someone walked in on me while I was in the bathroom. Reminded me of Pearl Harbor.

DeadBattery: @petehoekstra I splashed my face with cold water this morning after shaving – which is similar to having been waterboarded.

And one from a friend:
Marcy's dog, Lincoln, put its wet nose on my foot, now I know how Siegfried and Roy feel.

And now there's a blog.

[Update: Stopped Clock has alerted us to the new URI


  1. As I mentioned over on Monica's blog the other day, sometimes listening to politics on the radio makes me question the entire democratic-political project.

    But then I read those comments, and my faith is re-affirmed.

  2. can i get a "amen"?

    i have to say that is exactly how i felt. people are not always falling for it. seeing this story explode... made my day.

  3. Does it work the other way:

    "This business about Hoekstra is as fun as riding a roller coaster while snorting cocaine and getting a blowjob (from a girl with cocaine in her mouth) with a view of the Pacific ocean and the knowledge that you own a magnificent beach house just down the road."

    Or is it just for... the hyperbolically bad?

    By the way: you two are too easily satisfied with the democratic process.

  4. <-----needs to stop using his wife's screenname.

  5. "Hoekstra" now has a website:

  6. too easily satisfied, gretchen's husband?

    doesn't it seem that getting some joy from seeing the public ridicule of a stupid thought is quite a reasonable response?

    don't try too hard to prove you're a skeptic. you might unnecessarily miss some fine moments.

  7. So it would be an intransitive verb, right? We don't hoekstra something, we just hoekstra?

    "I hoekstraed nonstop until I was exhausted."

    It seems it would be better as a noun, as in, "Wow, I really threw a good hoekstra in today."


  8. Update on previous comment: Of course, given the trend in the development of English, it is likely that hoekstra will be both a noun and a verb.

  9. wishydig , Great found.

    Do you know either it's in oxford dictionary or not. IF not then I am going to send a mail to Oxford and they will include this word.

    Thanks for sharing..I have added you at gmail.

  10. Wishy !

    I found that it's a name of a lady. And she is from Turki. haha

    Verb, Noun and a name sure...


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