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Pumpkinification

Obama Pumpkin 2008Apparently “pumpkinification” is a word, one with a meaning that is impossible to guess if you’re as ignorant as I am of the history of the Roman Empire.  “Pumpkinification” is a satire of someone otherwise undergoing an elevation to divine status (i.e. undergoing an apotheosis).  “Pumpkinification” is the English translation of the first word in the title of the book Apocolocyntosis divi Claudii, written by Seneca the Younger that satirizes the Roman emperor Claudius I.    Pumpkinification’s obscure meaning only makes sense if you known an ancient language or two, since “apocolocyntosis” is a play on the word “apotheosis.”

So I guess SNL was engaging in Obama pumpkinification back when Hillary supporters seem to dominate SNL and Tina Fey made her “Bitches get stuff done” comment.

January 20, 2009 at 4:09 am Leave a comment


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