Friday, 25 July 2014

Crowds - Collectively Rubbish

Well at least there are no crowd surfers
(photo by David Martyn Hunt)

CROWD

Noun. Mid-16th century.
[from CROWD verb Old English crudan corresponding to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch kruden (Dutch kruien push in a wheelbarrow).]

1(a) A number of people gathered together so as to press upon or impede each other;
any large group of people in one place, especially an audience, a mass of spectators. M16

1(b) A group of actors representing a crowd. L19

2 singular & in plural. A large number of people or things considered collectively. E17

3 The multitude; the masses. L17

4 A set of associates; a set, a lot. colloquial. M19

I don't like crowds very much. They're hot, smelly and uncomfortable. And the definition spells it out - by its dictionary definition, a crowd is something that impedes you. Who in their right mind enjoys being impeded? And another thing: being very tall, I have a tendency to get kicked in the back of the head by crowd surfers at concerts. Really, crowds suck. And now that I've written out the reasons why crowds suck, why does anyone ever have to say they don't like crowds? Crowds are rubbish. No one should like them. And if you do you're a weirdo that probably likes kicking tall people in the back of the head.

The etymology of crowd is (kind of) interesting - it comes from Old English crudan, meaning 'to press, to push'. This, however, is also related to the Dutch verb kruien, which means 'to push in a wheelbarrow'. And when you think about it, that's exactly it. If you really need to get somewhere while pushing a wheelbarrow ... and we're talking really need to get somewhere ... like it's a wheelbarrowful of the Queen's knickers or something ... the last thing you'd want to do would be to try and push through a crowd. With a wheelbarrow. That'd just be nuts. Really, crowds suck. And it's high time they were abolished.

A red wheelbarrow
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3 comments:

  1. "so much depends
    upon

    a red wheel
    barrow

    glazed with rain
    water

    beside the white
    chickens."
    William Carlos Williams, 1883 - 1963

    In other news, I loathe crowds too.

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    1. That poem is quoted in The Fault In Our Stars (which you may already have known).

      And great, Evi! If we can't find common ground in what we like, we can find it in what we loathe : o )

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    2. No, I didn't know that! I haven't read the book. It was one of the poems we had to read for our "introduction to poetry class" when I was a first-year English student. 10 years ago. I didn't really like it back then, but yesterday when I found it to paste it here, I kind of re-appreciated its value. (Which made me think I should go back and read all the other poems too.) Thank you Lexicolatry! Enjoy the weekend! (in places that are not crowded)

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