March 07, 2004

What does Chun Mean?

That question has been raised more than once in the comments at this weblog. The Little Professor now has the answer (for background, see Chun).

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at March 7, 2004 10:05 PM

I still say "Better Chunned than IAed." With Chun, you have memory of what happened to you.

Posted by: Ralph Luker at March 7, 2004 11:15 PM

chun -- vt. to hunt for trolls on the internet by using chopped up pieces of arguments.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at March 8, 2004 11:23 AM

The better definition is, "to be, or to behave like, a cowardly geek."

Usage example: "The discussion made the adjunct so mad that s/he chunned a response, using a fake name."

Posted by: Fran at March 8, 2004 01:57 PM

Personally, I like the OED's definition:
chun v.'to chun potatoes, is, in turning them to prevent vegetation, to nip off the shoots which break out from what are called the een, or eyes' (Jam.).
So who will chun Chun?

Posted by: language hat at March 8, 2004 04:30 PM

In the old transliteration, Ch'un meant Spring. An alternative title to Confucius's Annals was the Ch'un-Ch'iu: Spring and Autumn.

I rather like to think of chun as green and vernal.

Posted by: jam at March 9, 2004 06:06 PM

Jack Vance's Chun the Unavoidable is so not green and vernal. Nice eyeball collection, though.

Posted by: Miriam at March 9, 2004 09:43 PM

I think a variant of the verb "to chun" would be the expression "yanking your chun." He does like to yank people's chains. :-D

Posted by: Clancy at March 11, 2004 05:23 PM

Given that he is a porn freak, "yanking your chun" could have a variety of applications.

Posted by: at March 17, 2004 09:28 AM