Re: [pet_bunny] Origin of "binky"
- Ah, so my memory did fail me, as I feared it would! Dana Krempels originally coined the term "binky" and notLaura Tessmer, AKA Laura Atkins. I stand by my original statement in the other email that many of the words had no real etymology. They sprang (excuse the pun) from PB'ers fertile imaginations and in most cases had some link in the mind of the creator to what the bunny was doing or how it sounded or looked.
On 10/23/2011 19:00, William Tricomi wrote:
Pulled from my old email files,
Date sent: Wed, 12 Jul 1995 11:14:31 -0400
Send reply to: PetBunny - forum for folks with companion rabbits
From: Dana Krempels <dkrempels@...>
Subject: UNOFFICIAL PB DICTIONARY (long) (fwd)
To: Multiple recipients of list PETBUNNY <PETBUNNY@...>
So many new folks have asked about our strange vocabulary, that I thought
it might be timely to re-post Ken Albin's compilation! (If you've
already got the P.B. dictionary, delete now.)
UNOFFICIAL PETBUNNY DICTIONARYBinky - A leap in the air, usually with a 180 degrees turn while in the
air, and a bewildered expression upon landing.(Dana)
- Awww thanks for the link, Ken.
I was heartbroken when I couldn't get to that with my old, outdated
Hugs to you
Kathy B. and the Gang at Furkids Flat
- Yay!! Thanks for posting the link, Ken! I am proud that my Prince Tulip contributed to the official PB dictionary with his term "Bunnifest Destiny", a philosophy he wholeheartedly supported.
Patricia, Smokey & Lola
Tulip & Ivy, my angels
On 10/23/2011 7:01 PM, Ken Albin wrote:
Here is a link to the official Petbunny Dictionary for those who would
like to look up bunny words. Not much on etymology there but a lot of
history is in that document. A lot of the newer PB members have possibly
never seen our sacred (?) document.
Link : http://bellsouthpwp2.net/a/l/albink/pbd.htm
Earl Grey and Ken Albin
Hi and welcome Hugo, my son calls them Blinkies, too cute, so we tend to all call them Blinkies in this house J
Sorry I can’t help with where the word originated . . . . .
Love Paige and Sirius Lee Cute
I've been trying to find the etymology/origin of the word "binky" for the joyful leap rabbits make when they're happy.
The earliest mentions I found are in the Usenet group alt.pets.rabbits that shows it seemed to pick from around 1996 onwards . The earliest is from February 1996 :
> He can have his litterbox, his carpet, his toys, and space to do a little binky in there even.Also interesting is this from December 1996 :
> Dana Krempels of the Miami HRS calls this a 'binky,' which is just the perfect word.I posted on the EtherBun mailing list and someone told me it was started on the PETBUNNY listserver in 1994, which is the same year the list was started at UKY (1994, that's some impressive internet heritage!). Unfortunately the archives here on Yahoo Groups only go back to 2010 and the read-only archives  only go back to 1998 so I can't dig around for earlier uses or references. I also read there no PETBUNNY archives from those historic early days .
So, can anyone here shed any light on the origins of this word for the joyful bunny hop? When was it first used? Who came up with it? Is it ironically derived from the (grumpy) Binky rabbit star of Matt Groening's Life in Hell comics?
- WOW! Now the word "binky" has gone EVERYWHERE. YOu can google it and find the rabbit dance. Someone should tell Laura Tessmer!
--- In email@example.com, Ken Albin <albink@...> wrote:
> I sent the PB dictionary link in a separate email and have been wracking
> my brain about the etymology of the word binky. As far as my feeble old
> mind can remember this word was originally coined by former PB member
> Laura Tessmer sometime around 1994-5. Not sure if she used a derivative
> word to make the word binky. During that era a lot of us would simply
> make up words that somehow sounded like the actions our bunnies would
> make. I had 5 editions and would ask for new words each time. That is
> how most of the words originated on PB, from our strange imaginations
> rather than from rational derivations.
> Ken Albin