Um, Duh. Er, Derp.
Bill Quick

Althouse: “Together, these weaknesses led to the biggest Obamacare derp storm of the year.”

Duh” was big in the 1960s, by the way, when it was a shortened form of the original — do you remember? I remember! — “uh buh duh.” I’m guessing at that spelling. Was it ever written? Maybe it should be spelled “ubbaduh.”

Actually, I don’t remember that. Admitted, I was pumping a lot of mind-altering substances into my body, legal and illegal during those years, but no. I don’t remember “uh buh duh.”

How about you, fellow geezers? Ring any bells?

Maybe it was a regional thing.

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Bill Quick

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Um, Duh. Er, Derp. — 5 Comments

  1. I didn’t start my mind altering drug experiments until 1967, at the age of 22. I never heard of the of ‘uh bah duh.’ But wasn’t there an ancient (older than me) newspaper cartoon idiot, that said ‘duh.’

  2. I think I remember “duh,” used in the sense “stupid,” or “stupidly obvious,” and I certainly recall when it morphed into “d’oh,” which I always thought was a duh change in the first place. I don’t recall where “duh” originally came from, but then, I don’t remember where “like, man, wow” arose, either.