Sunday, October 01, 2006



Blogger Michael Tonight said...

if amazo has the original justice league's powers and can mimic black adam's, then i say amazo. but i only know about these characters from reading wikipedia just now.

5:24 PM  
Blogger mal havoc said...

I guess this all depends on whose powers Amazo has attained. Black Adam is like an evil Captain Marvel, so if Amazo became Plastic Man, Black Adam would take his ass out lickety split. But if he got Superman, Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman's powers, then I would think Black Adam would go down.

By the way, where in the taint did "Lickety Split" come from? It kinda sounds like someone in a Disney movie if Disney made gay porn.

8:18 PM  
Blogger ranchburger said...

[A] It’s usually written lickety-split these days, but don’t be too sensitive about misspelling it—though it has been known since the beginning of the nineteenth century, it has only comparatively recently settled down to that form. Other ways of expressing the idea of moving headlong or at full speed have included lickety-click, lickety-brindle, lickety-switch, lickety-smash, and lickety-clickety. The first part has been spelled in all sorts of ways, such as lickitie or lickoty, which is a good clue that in its early days people were unsure where it came from. The earliest form was as fast as lickety, at full speed, from 1817. Though it’s native to the US, it has also been known in other countries.

Where it comes from is open to argument. Some dictionaries prefer to say cautiously “origin unknown” but others consider it combines split with a fanciful elaboration of lick. The latter turned up at about the same date in expressions we still have: at a great lick or at full lick, also meaning to move fast. This might have something to do with an animal persuaded to go fast by means of a “lick” from a whip, a figurative use of the standard sense that’s also the source of lick for giving somebody a beating. Another form around in US dialect in the nineteenth century was lick it, as in “he went as fast as he could lick it” and some writers think that lick it was the source of lickety, though the dates of recording of the various forms suggest otherwise.

Split is just an intensifying word that happens to have formed a satisfying combination, perhaps because splitting implied a violent separation. If things had turned out differently, we might now be saying lickety-click instead, which is just as meaningless. In settling on split, however, Americans provided a springboard for split in the sense of leaving or departing, recorded from the 1950s.

8:08 PM  
Blogger neogeomancer said...

Like Mr. Tonight, I also had to Wikipedia this shit. Upon realization that I am wikipeding in order to comment on a blog post, I am preparing to return to nature.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Adrian Hatfield said...

Crap, I had to wikipedia Amazo as well, but in the lengthy account of his history it says "Amazo had his head ripped from his shoulders by Black Adam (to get revenge for imprisoning him) and was thus destroyed." I closed I guess.

Plus Black Adam is sweet. I love that they took Captain Marvel, changed his red jammies to black and gave him the world's sweetest widows peak and *Wahla!* Pure Evil.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Michael Tonight said...

if investigating before coming to a conclusin is a crime, then let everyone be guilty!

10:45 PM  

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