Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Can you think of any more opposite homonyms than Dalai, Dolly, and Dali?

Explanation: Seriously, we need to extend the mathematical concept of orthogonality into celebrity to fully grasp the difference between Dolly Parton, the Dalai Lama, and Salvador Dali. One is a trashy blonde country singer, one is the reborn incarnation of a spritual leader, and the other was an eccentric painter best known for his flamboyant style melting clocks. Just look at their tense: one is Dolly, one was Dali, and one was, is, and always shall be the Dalai Lama.

Try not to get them confused. Can you see Richard Gere making a patronage to Nashville to study spirituality at the feet of Dolly Parton? Or Whitney Houston "covering" Dali's speech to the International Surrealist Exhibition by dressing in a diver's suit? Of course, I can totally see a modern surrealist mimic Parton's style of plastic surgery and low cut dresses... but 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

And I didn't even consider throwing Dolley Madison into the mix!

EDITOR'S NOTE: I know Salvador Dali actually pronounced his last name "da-LEE" but the post is more fun if we overlook that fact.

1 comment:

Colleen said...


Your blog is very cool and I loved the bears stuff too!