Winning Words 2/26/13
“Macho does not prove mucho.” (Zsa Zsa Gabor) Zsa Zsa’s opinion about “Macho” caused me to look up the word to be sure of its meaning…”Histrionically tough.” What people come to your mind? A survey asked, “What is the most macho country?” Mexico and Italy were at the top. Do you remember The Village People singing, “Macho Man?” Do you have an opinion as to what/who is a “Mucho” Man (Woman)? ;-) Jack
FROM HONEST JOHN: Actually, ZZ is denying a tautology....she might have said "Macho does not prove to be tough"////JACK: That tautology stuff doesn't mean much to the hoi poloi. A lot of the people who try to act tough are putting on an act. It's often done in the animal world.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: No one really comes to mind. I'm just having fun singing the song!////JACK: Bullies are a good example.
FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA: Somehow I find combination of words "histrionically tough" to almost laughable -- although the behavior of many macho men is quite the opposite. ////JACK: From the Latin, histrionicus, meaning an actor. "It's all an act!" Have you forgotten the recent political campaign?
FROM SHARIN' SHARON: Looked up "histrionically". I always enjoyed The Village People--one looked like a contractor, one an Indian, one a policeman or someone in a uniform, a couple of other sexy-looking men in working class uniforms, they all looked so capable and like they were trying to say the average hard-working "Joe" had something to feel proud about and sing about. But outside of that song, usually--if I meet up with a macho mucho man woman, usually realize what I have to say won't be really given any credibility, because of all the histrionically toughness so any genuine conversation is sort of curtailed. It's really interesting The Village People were able to help the word have a good connotation, in my opinion at least. Another interesting WW.////JACK: Mucho Gracias!
FROM WALMART REV: Macho Man was a former WWE wrestler that was here today and gone tomorrow when no longer an asset to WWE...you know me, Jack... I'm a Christ-like follower of those types of men and women...have several in my life, including you!////JACK: You folks in Minnesota recently had a Macho-Man as your Governor.////REV: You would have to remember 'ol Jesse V.
FROM PLAIN FOLKS CHESTER: George Patton ////JACK: He had several nicknames: The Old Man, Old Blood and Guts, Bandito. His mother called him, Georgie!
FROM BLAZING OAKS: A PERT AND FEISTY REMARK FROM ZSA ZSA...WHICH MOST WOULD AGREE WITH BTW! ACTING LIKE ONE IS TOUGH, OR POSING AS A TOUGH GUY (HISTRIONICALLY!) IT'S ALL FOR SHOW? I CAN SEE THE SWAGGER! MOST OF US PREFER HEART OVER HAM IN OUR GUYS!////JACK: What Zsa Zsa "real," or was it all an act? Are actors/actresses ever off camera?
FROM AW IN ILLINOIS: ZaZa was one of my favorites.////JACK: I liked Eva as Lisa in Green Acres.
FROM PEPPERMINT MARY: gotta love zsa zsa!////JACK: You remind me more of Zasu.