Papa’s got a brand new dreambag

Entertainment Weekly is promoting the nonce word “doucheboat,” which is, as you might expect, a fusion of “douchebag” and “dreamboat”. Usage illustration:

Bradley Cooper has perfected the doucheboat role in Wedding Crashers, He’s Just Not That Into You, and The Hangover, but when it comes to TV, Josh Hopkins’ work on Cougar Town and Brothers & Sisters is the gold standard.

It occurs to me that the same two words can be joined in the opposite direction: a woman who is not particularly attractive in the conventional sense but who will win your heart anyway might be termed a “dreambag.” (Think Ugly Betty.) Not that you’ll catch me characterizing anyone that way.





6 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    7 July 2010 · 2:04 pm

    This is where I begin to wonder if I’m perhaps a different species from some of these women. No matter how “beautiful” he may be on the outside, at the onset of d-baggy behavior, a guy loses his luster pretty fast for me. I can’t quite imagine wanting to stay with someone who was a handsome jerk, whereas I can imagine staying with someone who was ordinary-looking (or less) but kind.

    (Standard disclaimer: I’m over 30 and single, so probably my opinion in the matters of love counts for nothing)

  2. Nicole »

    7 July 2010 · 5:03 pm

    I find it interesting how things have evolved to the point that it is acceptable to use the term douchebag in polite company. (no, not us) :)

    And I completely agree, fillyjonk. Jerks can’t make up for jerkiness with looks but decent people can make up for lack of looks by being decent.

  3. CGHill »

    7 July 2010 · 5:38 pm

    I’m pushing sixty and have been married once, so my opinion in the matters of love counts for less than nothing.

    And actually, I’m sort of fond of the word “jackhole,” which apparently Adam Carolla coined as a handy cussword to which the FCC could not object. (His production company now bears that name.)

  4. hatless in hattiesburg »

    7 July 2010 · 8:21 pm

    re fillyjonk: “No matter how “beautiful” he may be on the outside, at the onset of d-baggy behavior, a guy loses his luster pretty fast for me. I can’t quite imagine wanting to stay with someone who was a handsome jerk,”

    that’s definitely an equal-opportunity statement.

    a loooong time ago, a friend “stole” a fairly-attractive girl i had just started to date. after my initial surprise and quick recovery, we *both* found out what a jerk-ette she was. >>four sad years and two broken engagements later<< they called it quits for good, and he met his (quite nice) future wife within three months. he's told me more than once those were the worst four years of his life. i believe him, but never understood why it took *that* long.

  5. Donna B. »

    8 July 2010 · 12:01 am

    Those words would make great Wheel of Fortune clues in the Before and After category.

  6. CGHill »

    14 July 2010 · 8:19 am

    In the interim, LeeAnn’s semi-evil spawn presents a short course in douchebag detection.

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