- Dear Friends,
Occasionally I get e-mails about some kind of break-through anti-aging
formula, or weight-loss product.
According to my calculations (I'm good at math), if I had purchased
and used all of these anti-aging products for which I've received
solicitations over the last few years, I would now have the physical
appearance of a two-year-old child.
And, now that I think of it, if I had purchased and used all of the
weight-loss items, my weight would be totally normal (for a newborn
Moral of the story: be careful what you wish for.
Moral #2: if it sounds to good to be true, it's probably bogus.
(looking younger by the minute, no wrinkles at all)
And now for today's special rave.
Etymology of bogus:
Per the Online Etymology Dictionary,
"counterfeit money," 1839, Amer.Eng., apparently from a slang word
applied in Ohio in 1827 to a counterfeiter's apparatus. Some trace
this to tantrabobus, a late 18c. colloquial Vermont (hello, Vermont!)
word for any odd-looking object, which may be connected to
tantarabobs, recorded as a Devonshire name for the devil.
Others trace it to the same source as bogey. Bogey: a supernatural
being, such as a ghost.
My own theory:
In the old Indian school, you could opt for the life of yoga or bhoga.
Yoga, union with God. Bhoga, union with and dedication to the
fulfilment of the ordinary desire-life. So, from the spiritual point
of view, bogus (which I think is a derivative of bhoga) means the
embrace of the falsehood-life.
That will be five cents extra, please. I accept payment thru PayPal.