[Dixielandjazz] kludge/klunge/swoosh/gloop, etc.
dingle at baldwin-net.com
Wed Sep 24 09:16:07 PDT 2003
Sounds like this thread has fallen into a state of innocuous desuetude --
harmless inertia has taken hold. Jazz connecton -- "Do nothing 'til you hear
----- Original Message -----
From: "Russ Guarino" <russg at redshift.com>
To: "Bill Gunter" <jazzboard at hotmail.com>
Cc: <donkirk at covad.net>; <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 6:59 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] kludge/klunge/swoosh/gloop, etc.
> Onomatopoeia.... Words that sound like the object. Like "Growl". I knew
> someday my 11th grade teacher, Mrs. Wilkerson, would prove to have given
> somthing to advance my stature as a human being.
> Russ Guarino
> Bill Gunter wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > Don Kirkman wrote (regarding my short version of this topic):
> > >Nah, that's a variation on the original gloop, which was popular in WW
> > >II. The way I heard it, a sailor just out of training was assigned to
> > >destroyer. When he reported, the officer in charge asked him what his
> > >training was. He replied that he was a trained gloop maker. The
> > >officer wasn't too current with all the new specialties, so he didn't
> > >press the issue. He asked the sailor what kind of facilities and
> > >supplies he would need, and the guy ended up with a machine shop and
> > >several large blocks of solid steel. He spent day after day locked in
> > >his shop, and passersby could hear the machines whirring and grinding
> > >away inside. After a couple of months his chief began to wonder just
> > >what was going on, and started asking how he was coming and when he
> > >would be finished. After several more weeks the sailor said he was
> > >almost finished, promising to display the gloop on the fantail the next
> > >morning. At the appointed time, he appeared with a tarp draped over a
> > >large object, the contours of which couldn't quite be discerned. When
> > >all was ready, the tarp was removed and a large steel ball was
> > >revealed--it was immediately sent overboard with a resounding "gloop".
> > Exactly right! (except, possibly, for the name of the device).
> > I was also in WWII and that's where I first encountered the story. It
> > simple "shaggy dog joke" and who is to say which name (klunge, kludge,
> > swoosh, gloop, etc.) was the original. It makes no difference anyway
> > the thrust of the story was in the telling - not the precise name of the
> > stupid thing.
> > The names are all onamatopoetic (sp?) versions of the sound created by
> > object falling into a body of water (splash, splish, klunge, plunge,
> > gloop, bloop, bleep, etc.).
> > Also, seems to me I remember a popular song of the era entitled "Bloop,
> > Bleep." It's about a leaky faucet preventing someone from going to
> > Anybody remember that old song? I bet it would make a funny OKOM song at
> > festival somewhere.
> > Cheers,
> > Bill "Glug" Gunter
> > jazzboard at hotmail.com
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