Saturday, July 18, 2009

From my Diary

I'm a nobody! Who are you?
Are you a nobody, too?
Then there's two of us - don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

- Emily Dickinson

Wise guy - real and acquired meanings! ;-)

'Wise guy is actually supposed to refer to a person who is a 'know-it-all' and hence by default, a smart person who is trying to show off his knowledge. No wonder its usage is thereby restricted to the sarcastic contexts. So if we use it as a compliment, it may actually have the opposite effect. You may refer to your boss as a wise guy, when you are with fellow - sympathisers at a cafeteria, but definitely not to his face, expecting a raise.'

This was what I had written about wise guy on a different platform. And attracted this blitzkrieg from Uncle Scrooge.

'Call me an MCP if you wish, but I can't stand a girl who tries to encroach boldly into a decidedly male dominion! Now look at this post here - she has written a whole article about 'wise guy' but is clueless about that ONE movie that every guy would have heard of - Donnie Brasco. This is what happens when you are not clued in, when you are not part of the club, when you have a wrong chromosome.

Ma'am! You wanna write about 'wise-guy'? You go watch Donnie Brasco. Period. Otherwise "forget about it"!

A wise guy is a 'made man' in the mafia.

For the uninitiated outcasts of the wiseguydom, in other words for the females, here is a brief introduction to what a wise guy is - straight from the mouth of the ultimate WISEGUY - Al Pacino:

"A non-wiseguy never asks a wiseguy a question. A non-wiseguy don't even talk to a wiseguy unless the wiseguy talks to him first. Capeesh?"

"Wiseguy has a bag, you pick up the bag. Wiseguy runs a tab, you pick up the tab. Wiseguy is always right -- even if he's wrong he's right. All the way up the line. Connected guy to wiseguy to skipper to boss."

"Don't be carrying your money in a wallet no more. Wiseguy got his in a roll, like this. Beaner on the outside. "

"A wise guy never pays for his drink."

So no wonder that your 'clued-in' friend was indignant on being called a wise guy. But then you wouldn't know why, would you?


I have since then watched the movie Donnie Brasco!

From my diary

The Nation
The heart is the capital of the mind,
The mind is a single state
heart and mind together make
A single continent.

One is population
Numerous enough.
This ecstatic nation
Seek - it is yourself.
- Emily Dickinson