Hail Mary

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  1. zapart says:

    Hi Marina… I got an email from Hot for Words asking for funny words and, here is a good one: crapulent. It means: feeling the effects of an over indulgence of food and alcohol. I am sure that, with your crack research and coquettish demeanor, you will do a fabulous video on this droll and olde english word!
    Many thanks,

  2. punki33 says:

    please do [vagina] or [penis] its should be very interesting :)

  3. senior says:

    Perhaps the most famous was what is called the “immaculate reception” by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  4. crash61 says:

    Hello my Teacher…how about the origin of the word “Moron”…have a great day beautiful

    Your Student!!

  5. roachkillah says:

    can you please do either
    [sensimilla] or [thizz]
    pleassseee :mrgreen:

  6. ddd says:

    [bmx] please=) :twisted:

  7. bsomebody says:

    Happy St. Patty’s Day folks. Off to work now.

  8. muggins says:

    Marina, who did you throw the football too in that video? I half expected the sound effect of a window breaking or a cat screeching. There’s always trouble when football is played in the house.

  9. Evan Owen says:


    A young Welsh lad named Maewyn Succat*
    Shepherding, he tried try his luccat.
    ‘Til, awaking from sleep
    He looked at the sheep,
    And said, “Take this damn job and f*ccat!”

    *St. Patrick’s original name. And yes, he was a Welshman! :mrgreen:

    [limerick] :grin:

  10. zup11 says:

    In honor of St. Patty’s Day I’d like to request the origin of the word [sully] as in, to make soiled or tarnished : defile. Thanks! :mrgreen:

  11. (Bono sings)
    Always after me lucky charms… :mrgreen:
    pink hearts… green clovers… yellow moons…
    My, but that’s a love(r)ly po-tay-to ya have there!
    Manly, yes, but I like it, too!
    Can you tell I’m a little bored? :shock:
    It has been awhile since we saw a word game,
    or even a word lesson that wasn’t just twitterized pap.

  12. cufan71 says:

    :mrgreen: Top-o-morin’ to all :!: :mrgreen:
    :mrgreen: Happy St. Paddy’s Day :!: :mrgreen:

  13. leonard says:

    prayers last longer than???

  14. John says:

    What’s with all this basketball advertising, it and baseball for visual entertainment are about the worse use of the public airwaves that exist in my opinion. It’s alright when you attend the games occasionally for that “at the game experiences” that can’t be duplicated by watching on the tv screen.

  15. John says:

    Marina, sorry I don’t know the Hail Mary prayer since i wasn’t raised Catholic.

  16. John says:

    Oh You’ve changed your opening screen in this one :neutral: :neutral:

  17. Che Volay says:

    O’Che here, I’ve got my green on :mrgreen:

  18. Evan Owen says:


    I’d write about old Maewyn Succat
    A poem off the top of my hat
    But lest I wake your Eire
    With tragedies dire
    I’ll wait ’til I’ve got it down Pat!

    [limerick] :mrgreen:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    Limerick courtesy of my continuing battle with insomnia. :lol:

    Where’s Bob? We need some more of his wit for the occasion! :grin:

  19. Evan Owen says:

    In nomine Patris…

    My boss was telling me about a budget funeral today:

    “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and in the hole he goes!” :lol:

  20. Warren says:

    Hello Marina,
    I like the way you get so excited during the taping of your show.
    After you threw the Hail Mary pass it looked like you needed a pair of pom-poms in your hands.
    Here’s an example of a Hail Mary pass.
    Not FTW.

  21. Evan Owen says:

    Word request: [tootles], slang or colloquial for “goodbye”. :smile:

  22. btmpltn says:

    Hi Marina! I’ve recently discovered your vids on YouTube. Brilliant work getting people excited about words and language this way! :smile:

    I was thinking of a word to give you and wondered about the connection between “watch” as a verb and a fashion piece. I came across [FAD] recently, though. I have NO IDEA where that would have come from. Is it a nerd word that succeeded? So, serendipity left me asking you about [FAD]. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  23. swampwiz says:

    Marina, probably the most famous Hail Mary pass in College Football was the one thrown by Doug Flutie for Boston College against Miami in 1984.


    For New Orleans Saints fans (victims of quite a few Hail Mary’s), the most notorious was the Big Ben against the Falcons in 1978.

    (still looking for a video of that one!)

  24. Hail Mary in Spanish is Ave Maria.

    Do you know what an “Ave Marina” is?

    An Ave Marina is your best pick up line used to make a pass at Marina.

    Test: It is five minutes before closing time on Saturday night at a local bar near Melrose. Marina is standing alone at the bar. What pick up line do you use?

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      Melrose, TX?

      • Melrose is a great neighborhood in LA in the Beverly Hills area. But your call, either CA or TX. Melrose TX has a population of 150 so the approach might be significantly different. In TX you better wear your Roper boots and that oval belt buckle should have been won in a rodeo. Be a stud, take a shot at lines in both locations :-)

        • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

          Not in Melrose TX. It is red-dirt farming country where the crop seems to be hay. No vast fields of food like the San Joaquin Valley (CA) or huge herds of cattle mooing along a dusty trail like on TV. The only reason I know it is it was on the way to my paternal grandfather’s farm east of Nacogdoches TX. Just a bump in the road.

    • John says:

      Line? what line, you walk into her field of vision, not to close maybe about 8-10 ft away,wait until she gives you the eye catch then you just give a sideways nod toward the exit. If she’s a lady she’ll be pawing at the door for you to open it for her if not she’ll have it open and waiting for you. This fillies in her prime “aching for some bacon” years, she knows when she’s being cut from the herd for some personal honors.

  25. mrbooks says:

    where does [mystery] come from?

    From MrBooks – I know that you are a busy and emerging famous person; so I only hope my request coincides(good word too) with others requests and never expect a solo answer. However; to hear you answer a request is a parade on a top of a word. A thing of beauty is a joy forever… -John Keats

  26. mrbooks says:

    my grandfather says he was [woolgathering] when he’s not paying attention. I see no wool. Any info on how someone can woolgather without moving? He must think im blind, jk. I think it has something to do with daydreaming.

  27. mrbooks says:

    what is a [muse] someone has said its an object of poetry, usually a female.

  28. stigmatasaurus says:

    HW: I copied Evan Owen’s at #14 :oops:
    I must [complement] you on the new banner, and TYTYTY for showing up in braids again! :cool:

  29. ihearbs says:

    On Sept. 4, 1781, the Mexican provincial governor, Filipe de Neve, founded “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles,” meaning “The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels.” :mrgreen:

  30. wallerfan says:


    What is the origin of the phrase [whole ball of wax]?

  31. glenn_florida says:

    I would like to request the origin of the word [bissextile] good luck sweetie!

  32. mythman says:

    Oh, and I see somebody finally took ‘my’ advice and changed your top-banner grimacing-picture to a smiling-one (I know it’s pretty-”dee dee dee” that smiles are more-inviting than grimaces (sp? grimaci? grimacie? grimacieses? :lol: ), so it could’ve been anybody’s advice as well)

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      You can catch more vinegar with flies than you can with honey.

      • mythman says:

        Camp Kolhler – Sacramento CA said:

        You can catch more vinegar with flies than you can with honey.

        Well, Lady Marina can (for her sweetness overpowers even the most-sour sickness!), but I can only do so if Lady Marina so bids me to do … very daring of you to imply that we mere mortals can do something without Our Lady’s command! :twisted:

  33. hs4mm says:

    Wow! If someone has not logged in, they see a general “Subscribe” icon. Once they log in, they see an icon with various options for notification. Great!

  34. mythman says:

    Whenever I think of hail Mary passes, I think of Jackie Chan action sequences … action so dangerous that–if all things don’t fall right in place–you know there couldn’t have been a second take!

  35. chuanlee says:

    I would like to request the origin of the word [I]

    Not sure if that’s a subject within the realm of philology but you would know better than I would.

    Every language in existence possesses the word [I], or an equivalent that implies self-awareness and identity, which is understood as a given, and that it is a unique and independent entity from [You] or [It]. I realize the origins of language itself stems from the human ability to think, which allows for abstract concepts, of which words are merely an extension. I also understand that fundamentally, since [I] implies existence, it is inevitably related to [to be], which is found in every langauge as well.

    As such, any function of existence is necessarily injective and surjective with a time sequence, for example the ordinary number line. I am very interested in learning more about language, especially on this concept of [I]. Please don’t tell me it was selected completely arbitrarily like the word Ma(mom, mother etc) because all humans have a mother, and Ma is the first phonetic a child with no knowledge of language will have the power to utter, being that the sound is created as a combination of exhaling and opening one’s mouth.

    • alex says:

      a child with no knowledge of language

      … doesn’t exist.

      • chuanlee says:

        So it comes into existence when it realizes itself, and thus ingrained with the concept of I?

        Or are you trying to say that a child is born with the knowledge of self and by extension, knowledge of language? (are they one and the same?)

        • alex says:

          no, i was just talking about “knowledge of language.” every child is born with it.
          when and how a child becomes self-conscious … i don’t know. good question, though, i guess. (you seem to assume that prior to “knowledge of language”, there must be “knowledge of self”? is that correct?)

        • alex says:

          oh, but yes it is the right place. or it could be. look around. at the comments. it’d be cool to have a good discussion in here once in a while. it’s not really off-topic as there is no topic anyway.;)

    • hs4mm says:

      You bring up an interesting concept. There is a novel Anthem that presents a society in which the word I does not exist; and the story involves the hero (and heroine) re-discovering the word I! A version of this book is available in Kindle form — I have read the paper version (many times), do not have Kindle and so do not know how true the Kindle version is to the paper version.

      • Evan Owen says:

        Just an aside, the author of Anthem was Russian — Алиса Зиновьевна Розенбаум, better known as Ayn Rand. :cool:

        • chuanlee says:

          I used to work on the same trading floor with these two Russians, twin brothers named Artem and Aleksev, who once made a little over a million in one day, and they were both under 30 years old. Lots of smart Russians out there… How do you pronounce that btw? (Алиса Зиновьевна Розенбаум)

          • hs4mm says:

            No idea where Evan got the middle name from, but Ayn Rand’s name while growing up in Russia was Alisa Rosenbaum (father Zinovy Zacharovich, mother Anna Borisovna, family name Rosenbaum).

            Supposedly, when Rosenbaum is written in Cyrillic alphabet and one takes the first, third, fourth and fifth letters one ends up with something that looks like the English Rand — and the last three letters look like Ayn! Also, Ayn Rand has written that she started with a Finnish feminine name which is pronounced ‘I-na’, dropped the ending ‘a’ sound, and gave the rest of the sound the English spelling Ayn (rhymes with “mine”).

            It is incorrect to say that Ayn Rand came up with the name Rand from the Remmington-Rand brand typewriter she used in the US because she had come up with the name Rand while in Russia before the merged company Remmington-Rand even existed.


          • hs4mm says:

            PS (to Found the middle name: Zinovyevna; so her name used to be Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum. Since her father’s first name was Zinovy, my guess would be that the suffix “evna” means “daughter of”!

      • chuanlee says:

        Nice hs4mm, I read Anthem by Ayn Rand and Understand by Ted Chiang during extremely inactive work hours late last week… we’re really dying out here. Volume was so low I couldn’t even churn for commission rebates. Nothing to do except read and watch CNBC, especially around lunchtime. Nevertheless they were both great reads, thanks again. Interesting stuff.

    • hs4mm says:

      Here’s a bit of theory: There are three concepts that are at the base of everything one know, and in early years, these concepts are grasped implicitly; one cannot know anything until one has grasped these concepts in some form. The concepts are existence, consciousness and identity. Since these are fundamental concepts, they cannot be explained in terms of other concepts — but roughly, existence refers to everything that exists; consciousness is that which is aware of things; and identity refers to the fact that the things that exist are something specific. A way of capturing these inter-related, fundamental concepts in a sentence would be: Something exists, and I exist who is aware of it, and I would like to know what it is. For a complete theory of concepts see Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology.

      • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

        Where does my cat fit in all this?

        • hs4mm says:

          I would say that plants merely sense the outside world; each sensation is an isolated event — sensations are neither retained nor combined. Animals go a step further and can combine sensations into percepts — animals perceive things. Humans go a step further and can observe similarities and differences among the things they perceive and abstract concepts. Humans can make the mistakes such as wondering what’s beyond the universe, of thinking that nothing is something etc. — to the extent to which they grasp the concepts of existence, consciousness and identity they are able to avoid such errors.

    • hs4mm says:


      Here’s the very first remembered day of my life: I am standing at a window, looking outside. I have two sub-verbal thoughts, a pause, and another sub-verbal thought. I turn away from the window, and try to remember what came before I was at the window — I cannot remember anything specific, just some alternating flashes of lightness and darkness (days and nights?). Since I could not remember anything before those moments, I know that those moments constitute the first remembered day of my life.

      About 20 years later, I came across the following quote from Badger Clark’s The Westerner: And the world began when I was born / And the world is mine to win.

      That quote helped me give words to the sub-verbal thoughts I had on the first remembered day of my life: So this is it; it is what it is … it is up to me to make the most of it.

      (There is a Spanish proverb that has a similar theme: God said: ‘Take what you want and pay for it.’)



      • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

        I am about three. I am in the backyard of our rented Sacramento house on Ralston Rd. There is some kind of bookcase-like shelves made of wood setting on the ground outside the back door. There are tin cans with removable lids (like a paint can) on the shelves. The cans have no labels. The tops are encrusted with something like molasses or honey. That is all.

        I have been scarred ever since.

  36. wordslover81 says:

    So an hail Mary pass is everytime I try to endear a nice girl??? :-) Well, now I know! Thanks Marina… I’m lucky that roses exist: this give me some more chances! :mrgreen:

  37. pig-in-a-poke says:

    Another example of a Hail Mary pass: Flirting with Marina.

    • neuroway says:

      Well Pig.. erm.. PP, the bottom line is that you don’t want to do too many of these desperate passes. Or you may very well end up all chained up like little Gorby. But he keeps his head high, still admirable in adversity! Doesn’t he display a little napoleonic, visionary, CEOesque, airy port, all concentrated on serious doggy concerns of his own, at the end of the leash?

      • pig-in-a-poke says:

        Quite right, neuroway. Hanging on to the long bomb, too long, may see one crushed by the competition. But the prospect of piggy being chained up by those “power-pigtails” might be worth a squeal with the enchantress Circe. But, wait a moment weren’t Odysseus’ men turned into swine? :lol:

        • pig-in-a-poke says:

          Holy Mary, [Holy Moly!] It seems that the holy herb moly is needed to protect oneself from Circe’s potions. Is this where the term Holy Moly comes from?

        • neuroway says:

          Heck yeah, I remember this epic story. Women are quite a lot of trouble PP. You never know what kind of drinks they have in store for you. A cup and a woman is quite a dangerous duo! Beware! :lol:

  38. Capman911 says:

    Sorry no home work for this week. But I love your picture you put up on Twitter. :wink:

  39. cufan71 says:

    :mrgreen: :?: Marina are you going to send out St. Paddy’s Day cards :?: :mrgreen:

  40. Danny says:

    Marina, I would like you to investigate the word [duck], and how our little feathery friends also come to mean [to duck your head]. Cheers :grin:

  41. Che Volay says:

    So who got the inside scope on March Madness?

    I need an assist picking the winners for the tournament.

    Link here the NYT Bracket

  42. bsomebody says:

    Just got back from a job interview. I think I tanked it. :cry: I hate interviews, always have, always will. I honestly believe I am very good at my job, but I just suck at giving interviews. :mad:

  43. slovensko1 says:

    How about the word [dollar]? :-) That has an interesting etymology.

  44. cufan71 says:

    Homework :cool:
    Here’s one from 2003 Tennessee vs. Florida .

  45. leonard says:

    Go Johnny Go – Chuck Berry

    Chuck prays before he plays…hail and tell all…Media will take your brain
    …too…train lane

    Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven…do not spend all your money on one prayer :lol:

  46. Lauri says:

    I’ve been wondering this word for a few days and I’d like to know where the word [clout] comes from and what does it exactly mean when used as an adjective. I already know it can mean influence, power or a piece of cloth.

    The context I first saw it in, it was used as an opposite to flexibility. I think it was “…a trade-off between clout and flexibility.”

  47. sort187 says:

    Yup, there it is…..didn’t see it the first time….just didn’t look hard enough….. :oops:

  48. sort187 says:

    I would like to submit this word as truly the longest word in the English language:


    It IS listed in Webster’s, I looked it up. :lol: “Antidisestablishmentarianism” :lol: HA!


  49. shannonhorn says:

    Where did the phrase “kick the bucket” come from? Thanks!

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      There was a movie (It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World I believe), in which Jimmy Durante is lying on the ground, dying, and, at the moment of his death, his foot jerks forward, kicking over a bucket. They didn’t explain it.

  50. savvy says:


  51. savvy says:

    Can you do the word Esophagogastroduodenoscopy]?
    -Thanks! :mrgreen:

  52. mukmika. says:

    Waiting on a red light to cross a four lane, in fog, noticed traffic flying by so fast, they might not see the red in time when the lights changed. On green, I looked both ways, and floored the pedal in my ’70 Nova. A large bus loomed out of the fog, missed me by inches, but creamed the car following me, a serious crash.That was a ‘Hail Mary’ pass for me, other than a few Hail Mary exam passes. Love your accent,Marina, don’t try an Irish accent, only the Irish can do that.

  53. leonard says:

    Control of pain…cops and robbers…Hail Mary been the gambling thing way before you girls took over…….Packers are peckers :grin:

  54. Chemikal says:

    Top o` dey morning to yer, Murrayna!
    Have yer any talent in doing accents?
    I woulda` like to see yer doing some accents, but act like you’re not doing it on purpose, just to see the reactions! :-)
    It would be so funny!

  55. artflip says:

    Hi Marina

    you are asking for words to explain.
    here´s an interesting yet quite unknown ->plus my favourit one!

    But first,
    i need to ask you to pay attention to what I wrote at the end of this gift (!) – remember it, please!

    Philanthropy´s ->no, its not philologist
    Wikipedia description is NOT completely true i guess, so here´s my translation/correction of it ->but you may have an own opinion for sure

    [Philanthropy] derives from Ancient Greek ->philos „friend anthropos „human + sophia „wisdom,

    Philanthropy therefor means “to love people”.

    Philanthropy is the act of donating money, goods, services, time and/or effort to support a socially beneficial cause, with a defined objective and with no financial or material reward to the donor.
    In a more general sense, philanthropy may encompass any altruistic activity intended to promote good or improve human quality of life.

    One who practices philanthropy may be called a philanthropist.
    Although if such individuals are mainly very poor of money, there are not many „real of them here on this world.

    Philanthropy in a wider meaning could be seen as a major source of income for fine arts and performing arts, religious, and humanitarian causes, as well as educational institutions ->see patronage.

    i´ll hopefully be able to upload more soon

    Loving your professional show;
    Count on me ^^


    Philipp / http://www.ScreenActor.me

    • Chemikal says:

      Hello Philipp,
      I need further help understanding the limits of philanthropy. What is a person in receipt of benefits called? I know he is not a philanthropist, but could he be called a philanthrope, or something that includes the form “philantrop”?

      Also, I see the word is derived from “friend”, “human” and “wisdom”. What do these three words have to do with the act of donating money? Sure, they are necessary qualities for a man who would donate something, in order to help a fellow man, but still this juxtaposition surely may have a much wider sense. That leads me to ask: Maybe it originally meant something different?

      And my last question, what happens when financial or material reward is set for the donor? Is that where philanthropy ends? I’d think some kind of gratification would be appropriated, even in the philanthropist crowds. There’s nothing wrong in that, in my opinion. :-)

      Thanks, in advance!

      • artflip says:

        well me thinks it is an interesting topic and a real nice word ;_)
        but to answer your question I guess we need to try Marina.

        thank YOU for the interest Chemikal
        all the best


      • artflip says:

        hi again

        you know, I think, that real philanthropy could bee seen as a higher state of [consciousness] wherein it MUST stand [juxtaposition]ed! Otherwise it would be easy to declare (in the meaning of to assign) philanthropy to everybody…

        thank YOU for questioning ME


    • leonard says:

      :mrgreen: Deppression(spelling and Dope) :twisted: of minds…bought and sold by the STUPID :evil:

  56. labbatt78 says:

    i remember this very well. On November 4 2001. I remembered the bears erased a 14-point defect within 30 seconds to force overtime then won 27-21 in OT. The last play in regulation is when Bears QB Shane Matthews threw a hail Mary TD throw to bears RB James Allen just as time expired. Wow. Plus bears safety Mike Brown scored touchdowns on interceptions in overtime in 2 straight games.

  57. animalntaz says:

    Well it looks like I fixed my IE7… all I had to do was reset my browser to default. I think the problem was with the confusion of setting up my home page. I had it set on Google, when I wanted to switch to Yahoo! I may have accidently set as both as my home pages. And instead being in different tabs, one just merged itself above the other. And that has been like creating a “double effect” (if you could call it that), when I have been clicking some links… a duplicate page would pop up on top of it, as well as other stuff.

    So I’m not having any more of the same problems I did before when I come to this site. Although I am seeing that annoying caution street sign symbol at the bottom left corner marked “Done” (or “Error on page”), only when I open pages or channels to that website (such as this one and YouTube).

  58. lmao! @ your blooper Marina… Funny! Maybe next time you should give Gorby kisses after you finished your session? But, show and tell is a little fun though. :razz: :wink:

  59. Evan Owen says:

    BTW Marina, that avocado facial really brings out the blue in your eyes! :razz:

    Oh yeah, I see what Che meant about his getting out of line! :oops:

  60. Evan Owen says:

    “Hail Mary” — or as they say in Latin, Ave Maria! :grin:

    Hey, I just found out that this beautiful, blonde, buxom, half-naked diva also speaks Russian! :razz:

  61. originalistrick says:

    Wow, Marina!

    You follow up your Twitpic guacomole-face with that absolutely stunning photo. I try to exercise restraint, but you look jaw-dropping, conversation-stopping, heart-aching beautiful in that picture!

    Sorry. I’ll pull the reins in again.

    For awhile.

  62. Jeorney says:

    Talking of Hail Mary, anyone remember this film: STIGMATA ?

    The definition of stigmata have an odd paradox:

    pl stigmas or stigmata
    1. a mark of social disgrace: a stigma attached to being redundant

    2. stigmata Christianity marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ, believed to appear on the bodies of certain people [Greek: brand]


    3. Archaic A mark burned into the skin of a criminal or slave; a brand

  63. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear Marina, It looks like you could throw a long, “Hail Mary” pass, too. In the out-takes, you said you got hair in your mouth. I wondered if you filmed this video after you had that green material on your face in that photo on Twitter. Could that green stuff cause hair to grow? :!: You look beautiful today, so that “green treatment” must be good for you! :razz:
    Here’s an example you may remember: On February 3, 2008, in Superbowl 42 in Phoenix, Arizona, Quarterback Tom Brady and his team, the Patriots were behind the New York Giants, 14 to 17. Tom Brady threw the longest pass I ever saw to try for the win (FTW). The attempted “Hail Mary” pass went over 80 yards, but was incomplete, so they didn’t win the Superbowl, that year. Tom Brady had better luck this year when he got married to a tall, beautiful multi-millionaire Supermodel called Giselle Bundchen! Now, they both have even more wealth, and lots of love, too! :razz:

  64. koalabear says:

    Left brain versus Right brain test. :smile:


    Can you get the dancer to spin anti-clockwise?

  65. foche911 says:

    Marina, would you please tell us about the word [souvenir] ? da? kiss poka foche911

  66. hs4mm says:


    What I am writing here are my two outtakes to my homework at comment #20 below — be sure to see the homework and not just these outtakes!

    1) The way Marina moves her hands at about 0:07 is a perfect underscoring for a Hail Mary Pass — and people say she can’t act!

    2) At 1:03, Marina seems to say: Pubic hair! … how did it get in the mouth?

    Any takers for enlarging a still image to show what exactly was across her mouth?



  67. Jeorney says:

    That prayer has given many Marys a superiority complex. :shock:

  68. freebird says:

    I always enjoy the Basketball highlights where in the last few seconds a player pulls off a “Hail Mary”. :shock: :grin:

  69. leonard says:

    2 Pac – Hail Mary (lyrics)…an inside pass…Garland Jeffreys and Lou Reed – Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll…Hail is frozen water…Hail Marina for HotForWords…thank you

    …holy pass…is their a Judas Priest type?…pass me another one :cool:


  70. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    If we meet, you will see my hail Mary pass. :mrgreen:

    Nice to see the boidiuor… budiour… bootyoir… uh, bedroom again. Where did the alarm clock go?

    • originalistrick says:

      Thank you, my Friend.

      • kjohn50083 says:

        you are now my freind. Anyone who loves the Cowboys is a freind of mine. I have followed them ever since the Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City. We use to go to the Cotton Bowl and have a blast.

        • originalistrick says:

          You’ll appreciate this.
          In my teens I wrecked a knee playing football. Shortly after my first surgery I saw Tom Landry speak at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event. After it ended my mother dragged me onstage to meet him. About a week later I get a hand-written letter in the mail from – Coach Landry! In it he encourages me to stay positive even though my football days ended prematurely, to keep the Faith, and to believe in a bigger plan. I’m still flabbergasted that this guy, with all he must have had on his plate, used his photographic memory to remember my name, my situation, the town I lived in, and research my address and write that letter to a little depressed punk kid like me.
          The Lord has a good man at His side now.

    • danielpool says:

      kjohn50083 Good find a true professional I”am not a real football fan but he was one of the best in the game :smile:

  71. hs4mm says:


    Marina, here’s my homework: Some people might think what I proposed to my girl yesterday was a Hail Mary Pass — I don’t think so; now here are some details so that you can decide on your own.

    In essence, my proposal was that, for a date, we spend time working in each others presence. I’ll give some more specific details below, but first here are some general observations on this approach to romance.

    I actually came up with that approach on my own — but I found out a few hours ago that there are others who use that approach too!: here’s an article from The Wall Street Journal of June 28, 2007 titled Dinner and a PowerPoint?

    And, as always, there are those who hate anything good: they claim that the approach to romance of working nearby is an escape from intimacy, and they derogate the approach with the nerd word: work-date (authored by some woman calling herself “therapydoc”). The key to that woman’s error lies in her view that Work is a quest for Money. For a full refutation of that view, I recommend the article The Money Making Personality by Ayn Rand in the April 1963 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. As expounded in that article, the view that work is a quest for money is the view of the Money-Appropriator; the Money-Maker’s view of work is:

    To a Money-Maker, as well as to an artist, work is not a painful duty or a necessary evil, but a way of life; to him, productive activity is the essence, the meaning and the enjoyment of existence; it is the state of being alive.

    The Money-Maker does not care for money as such. Money, to him, is a means to an end — the means for expanding the range of his activity. Most Money-Makers are indifferent to luxury, and their manner of living is startlingly modest in relation to their wealth.

    In my situation, my girl and I live some distance apart; and the idea was that we spend time at each other’s place. And doing so would still require us to work most of the time. Our situation is such that the approach of working nearby meets our needs to work and to be intimate. It is not either work or intimacy — it is both. Thinking is a very private activity; work involves thinking; and being able to work — to be serene/untroubled, to think one’s deepest thoughts about one’s highest productive value, and to be active simultaneous with such thoughts — in the presence of someone else is an extreme form of intimacy.

    Incidentally, that woman (“therapydoc”) is so messed up that she can’t even reveal her name or show her face on her photo for her blog — talk about being afraid of intimacy! A case of [the pot calling the kettle black!] The approach to romance of working nearby involves being so much alive and living in the presence of one’s love and lover — involves so much intimacy — that this woman would feel threatened by it.

    PS: I suppose many have heard of All your bases are belong to us — well, what I think lovers should say is: All your nights are belong to me, and all my nights are belong to you.

    So, what say you? Did I make a Hail Mary Pass — or a Slam Dunk! ? :smile:



  72. kjohn50083 says:

    Tom Landry was probably upset with Roger for running that play!

  73. kjohn50083 says:

    I kept the Sports Illustrated from that game. I also have a DVD called the 10 best plays in the history of the Cowboys. The Hail Mary is ranked number ONE.

  74. originalistrick says:

    kjohn50083 brought up a good point about that play. Drew Pearson caught that pass one-handed off his butt-cheek. One of those rare, no-way-it-could-have-been-planned occurences that contributed to the Cowboys’, and Staubach’s aura, legend, or whatever. I wonder if it’s on the web somewhere…

  75. kjohn50083 says:

    also, the Metrodome did not exist back then. This game was played outside in the cold.

  76. originalistrick says:

    Way to go, Dear Teach! As a lifelong Cowboys fan I vividly remember that play. Today’s Cowboys are a far cry from the teams of that era.

    Great lesson! Smart. I’ll bet it does well for you in spite of YouTube’s idiocy.

    Thank you, Dear.

  77. Evan Owen says:


    If I made a pass at Marina, that might be a “Hail Mary” pass — except I wouldn’t have a prayer! :oops: :lol:

  78. Evan Owen says:


    Was there e’er a more beautiful creature
    Than our dear, lovely HotForWords teacher?
    Though “Hail Mary” ‘s the pass
    I think of our lass,
    “Hail Marina!” I yell from the bleachers! :mrgreen:

    [limerick] for St. Pat’s day — or I’ll continue to post bad [limericks] :twisted:

  79. the4thdr says:

    Where doese the word: cattywompas/cattywompus-(when things get screwed up or out of sorts) come from?

  80. kjohn50083 says:

    Oh. The pass was against the Minnesota Vikings in December in Minnesota. Minnesota had controled Dallas all day long but Roger NEVER gives up. I met Roger at an autograph convention here in Houston about a month ago.

    • danielpool says:

      What is he doing know he say anything or did you just get his autograph.HE was one of the best of all times

      • kjohn50083 says:

        good question. He was rather aloof but in his defense, there were hundreds of people there to get his autograph. He did not say anything to me but I told him what an honor it was to finally meet him. Other Cowboys there that day include Chuck Howley, Crain Morton, Danny White, Randy White, Lance Rentzel and Eddie Le Baron. ROger has sold his real estate business so I assume he is now retired. Heisman Trophy winner 1963. I went to Annapolis in the 70′s and saw the trophy.

  81. kjohn50083 says:

    Thank you for defining the Hail Mary Pass. I am a 57 year old Cowboy fan and Roger was my favorite Quarterback ever. The interesting thing about the original Hail Mary pass was that there was only 1 receiver downfield and Drew Pearson caught the ball on his hip. A whiskey bottle was thrown at a referee and knocked him out. Dallas went on to beat LA Rams 28 -0 in the NFC championship game. This was a huge upset at the time. Dallas went on to the Superbowl X and lost to Tittsburgh.

    Now days the Hail Mary is different. All of the available recievers go to one spot on the field and the QB just throws it into a crowd and hopes for the best. I am not sure when that version of the Hail Mary started. Thank you Roger.

  82. danielpool says:

    That was interesting. Never knew that. Marina could you do one on the drink the [BLOODY MARY] Thanks :lol:

  83. In America, the word [fireman] has historically had two uses:

    1.) in a steam locomotive, one who feeds coal (or other fuel) into the firebox of the locomotive;
    2.) a firefighter.

    How did the word [fireman] acquire these seemingly opposite meanings and keep both meanings for so long? (Firefighters were still called “firemen” in the 1970s.)
    Would you please look into this for me?

  84. Che Volay says:

    Damn it I was going to tell you a story about Hail Mary two days ago.

    • Che Volay says:

      Back on March 12 in the Normal lesson I was going to explain about why we called the Mary in my story ‘No Tits Mary.’ We weren’t not being cruel we just needed a way to differentiate the three Marys in town.

      There was ‘Big Tits Mary’ married and the wife of someone in the group. Of course ‘No Tits Mary’ the flat chested dancer. Lastly there was ‘Hail Mary,’ so named because if you were stupid enough to sleep with her you would be praying in the morning that she wasn’t in a herpes outbreak.

      The local boys were aware of ‘Hail Mary’s’ state so it was always fun to watch the unsuspecting tourist hit on her.

      Yes, I know, we were bad, but also staved for entertainment.

      { See why I refrained from telling the story }

  85. pandion says:

    Every pass thrown by a University of Tennessee QB last season was a Hail Mary.

  86. cowboyjdanos says:

    Well what can i say…….. a heck of alot but i won’t except to say nice,very nice teacher. :grin: :wink:

  87. jindai says:

    And it’s not even football season *laugh*

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