It’s a proper noun

Derpy HoovesPejman Yousefzadeh performs the useful task of ragging on Paul Krugman, as raggable an egghead as exists in our time, and while I applaud such activity in general, Yousefzadeh chose to close the raggage with this observation:

Nota bene: If the word “derpy” could be excised from our vocabulary, no one would be more pleased than me.

I would be somewhat distraught at the loss, if only because “Nameless Pegasus No. [whatever]” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. If Krugman happens to misuse it on occasion, well, this is almost certainly true of several other words he uses, including “of,” “several” and “other”: one does not rise to such heady heights without risking oxygen deficiency — or maybe just strabismus.


  1. McGehee »

    25 October 2014 · 7:41 am

    To be fair, Krugman just never knows what went wrong.

  2. backwoods conservative »

    25 October 2014 · 7:45 am

    Krugman never knows anything, but that doesn’t stop him from being certain.

  3. fillyjonk »

    25 October 2014 · 9:34 am

    It does seem that Hasbro has rebranded her as “Muffins” (or at least, they use a pictogram of a muffin to designate her name).

    I dunno. I admit I was kind of surprised at the Angry Mom Posse (which seemed to be the main people who wanted the name changed).

    I don’t know that referring to Paul Krugman as “Muffins” would work that well though.

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