Kelo The Great's Definition Of The Week

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The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms

Literary Criticism--EL 312

While reading this wonderful definition book, I had an extremely hard time picking which term I want to use. Eventually, I found the term I definetly want to use. This week's word is:

Lampoon : A satric, often vicious, attack on an individual (or occasionally an institution or society in general). Lampoons were common--- and popular---in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, but with the development of libel laws became legally risky for their composers and people.

There were many lampoons out there. Especially about politics. Now, if you are a supporter of President Bush, then my apologies right now. I am merely looking for a great example of a lampoon and this was it. I want to show you that not even the President of the United States is immuned to a lampoon.

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Kevin,
I would just like to say I always enjoy your humor within your blogs. I think that your example is perfect for you term.
I often think that almost every person in the world at one point in their life is involved in some sort of a lampoon

Well, I am a supporter of Bush, but I still loved the video! Thanks for posting it... you had me laughing.

Glad there is no partisanship in this blog entry LOL

Ignoring the video, which I enjoyed, I would like to point out a very common use of the word "lampoon" that almost everyone has heard:

National Lampoon's...

The famous film series (all the vacations...punching a moose, squirrel in the house, etc etc) has been one of the most largely successful ongoing franchises in film. Almost everyone has seen or two of the films, even by accident. Kinda like going to Canada. You'll get there at some point, even if you were trying not to.

Michael Richards (prior to being a raging racist) had done a commentary track for Weird Al's film "UHF" in which he claimed to be a fan "of Al Yankovic's lampoonery."

Fun stuff.