Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Planet Non Grata

Poor much-maligned Pluto. How sad I am that kids growing up today may never even hear of Pluto since it's now been declared a planet non grata.

That's right; if you haven't heard, Pluto is no longer considered a planet in the solar system because it doesn't meet the International Astronomical Union's "definition" of a planet. Whatever that might be - don't worry, I'm not going to post it because really, who cares? All you need to know is it's something to do with it's size...

I guess I'm so distressed thinking about all that time back in Catholic grade school that I wasted memorizing the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus (giggle, giggle), Neptune, Pluto. Cool, I can still do it although now it's all for crap since Pluto's been axed.

"Plutoed" was chosen as the 2006 Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society. To "pluto" is "to demote or devalue someone or something."

Plutoed beat out other words such as "murse" (man purse), "flog" (fake blog that promotes products), and "macaca" (forever remembered as the ethnic slur uttered by incumbent Virginia Senator George Allen to a worker on his opponent's campaign staff. Guess who wasn't re-elected?).

So, Isaiah Washington (Dr. Burke aka Dr. McChocolately Goodness on Grey's Anatomy) has been plutoed by the publicity surrounding his use of the word "faggot" in reference to gay co-star T.R. Knight (George). Got a "pluto" sentence??

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