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TLDRIDKJKLOLFTW
02-25-2008, 06:24 PM
In the last year, but especially in the last six months, the cutesy term "stabby" has suddenly proliferated in common speech. It's usually used as "I'm feeling stabby" or "bad drivers make me stabby," etc.

As with most things like this, there's probably a factual answer. What is the source of this now-popular term?

KneadToKnow
02-25-2008, 06:25 PM
Don't know if this is the factual answer, but it's in a Simpsons episode. I believe Fat Tony says "I don't get mad, I get stabby."

Edit: Ah, here (http://snpp.com/episodes/BABF07) it is. "Grift of the Magi," originally aired 12/19/1999.

flurb
02-25-2008, 06:28 PM
Anectdotal, but I have never heard anybody use this word once, ever.

Sage Rat
02-25-2008, 06:32 PM
I'd personally guess that it comes from gaming, though I've only ever heard of it as "stabbity." In which case it comes from rogue class in WoW, most likely.

beowulff
02-25-2008, 06:35 PM
Outside of the Simpsons and Kitchen Confidential, I've never heard anyone use this expression.

TLDRIDKJKLOLFTW
02-25-2008, 06:42 PM
It's so popular that it's actually in the subject line of a current thread (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=457049), where the OP thought it was a line in a song he was listening to.

beowulff
02-25-2008, 06:46 PM
Must be a regional thing.

Alessan
02-25-2008, 06:47 PM
It has the feel of a Buffy quote to it.

pulykamell
02-25-2008, 06:59 PM
Must be a regional thing.

Could be. I've never heard it outside the Simpsons, either, FWIW.

Khadaji
02-25-2008, 07:03 PM
Must be a regional thing.
Agreed. Other than the thread mentioned, I have never heard it.

Squink
02-25-2008, 07:08 PM
"Mr Stabby" (http://google.com/search?q=%22mr+stabby%22&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a) at Weebl's stuff. (http://weebls-stuff.com/)

Airman Doors, USAF
02-25-2008, 07:09 PM
Mr. Stabby (http://weebls-stuff.com/toons/Mr+Stabby/), maybe?

(Flash cartoon with music, so don't whine to me when you get busted for watching it at work. You have been warned.)

Strain of Thought
02-25-2008, 07:11 PM
I see 'stabbity' and other cute manglings of stab very regularly in webcomics and other adult-oriented sequential art. I think I may have even seen it as far back as Johnen Vasquez's "Johnny The Homicidal Maniac", in the nineties. There's just something morbidly giggle-inducing about the juxtaposition of childish language and extreme violence.

For example, it's a running gag in "Wiki's Lessons In Life" comics (featuring elephants!) (http://wikislessons.com/index.php?date=2005-07-15) that the little elephant really only ever has one thing on its mind.

(Hint: It involves stabbing people up!)

LouisB
02-25-2008, 07:12 PM
It isn't used around the Senior Center, I can tell you that.

Damn kids.

jasonh300
02-25-2008, 07:39 PM
As with most things like this, there's probably a factual answer. What is the source of this now-popular term?

It's a perfectly cromulent word formed by embiggening the word "stab".

chorpler
02-25-2008, 08:06 PM
First it became popularized by that Simpsons episode in 1999. Then on the Friends episode "The One With the Mugging," which aired some time in 2003, Ross asked Phoebe if there were any other mugger friends of hers he should watch out for, and she said "No ... oh, actually, you should probably stay away from Jane Street ... that's where Stabby Joe works."

Clearly this exposure from two very popular sitcoms caused it to violently fuse into the subconscious of the American public, and it's now beginning to trickle out into their everyday lives.

Otto
02-25-2008, 08:18 PM
There was a crazy robot named Roberto in an episode of Futurama who was obsessed with stabbing people. It aired in 2001 but I can't remember if the word "stabby" was used.

robardin
02-25-2008, 09:31 PM
Definitely something popularized by, if not created on The Simpsons. In addition to Fat Tony getting "stabby", and associating with "Stabby Joe", there are numerous other episodes using the word "stab" to humorous effect.

For example, the episode The Mansion Family sees Homer and friends indulging in "the simple joys of a monkey knife fight (http://tinyurl.com/2nvrn4)" between chimps staged offshore (outside US legal jurisdiction), with Moe egging them on: "Circle, circle, now stab... Stab stab stab! Ha ha, he ain't pretty no more!" (And later, Mr. Burns bemoaning: "Oh, Furious George! What have they done to your beautiful face?")

Also, in the episode Trilogy of Error, Marge calls 911 to report accidentally severing Homer's thumb with a kitchen knife, then giving her address as "123 Fake Street" when the cops say they're on their way to arrest her for assault. When the police arrive at said address, they kick in the door and say, "OK, drop the knife, Stabitha!"

OK maybe it's just me that finds that hilarous, after all I did name my firstborn Tabitha. (She was born before the episode aired.)

"Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing? What a country!" (Dr. Nick Riviera)

LSLGuy
02-26-2008, 06:24 AM
Never heard it before.

Flander
02-26-2008, 09:49 AM
I've used it. My first exposure to the phrase was here on the SDMB.

xnylder
02-26-2008, 10:00 AM
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw often uses the term in his Zero Punctuation (Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw) reviews.

Iggins
02-26-2008, 01:16 PM
It conveys meaning clearly, and it's funny. I try to use it regularly, and try to get my friends to do the same.

bordelond
02-27-2008, 11:29 AM
It conveys meaning clearly ...
Not really. What does it mean?

...

In 500 years, is Matt Groenig going to occupy a slot in the English-language pantheon next to Shakespeare? Or will all Simpsonisms be forgotten about within 50 years or so?

WILLASS
02-27-2008, 12:28 PM
In 500 years, is Matt Groenig going to occupy a slot in the English-language pantheon next to Shakespeare? Or will all Simpsonisms be forgotten about within 50 years or so?

Is this an actual question or is it asked in the same way my Nan asks questions like that to essentially undermine the quality of anything that 'kids these days' like?

Iggins
02-27-2008, 12:37 PM
Not really. What does it mean?

I suppose I should have said "intent" instead of "meaning". I take it to mean annoyance to the point of physical violence, in a joking manner.

Cervaise
02-27-2008, 12:42 PM
I've heard it and used it. And I'm not a Simpsons watcher. I thought it was from Buffy.

bordelond
02-27-2008, 12:45 PM
Is this an actual question or is it asked in the same way my Nan asks questions like that to essentially undermine the quality of anything that 'kids these days' like?
Not quite like the latter ... but in all seriousness, many Simpsonisms seem to be entering the mainstream English language (have any of them made it to dictionaries?). And really, we wouldn't know who will be considered the giants of our contemporary arts scene in the year 2500. Why not Groenig?

Crocodiles And Boulevards
02-27-2008, 09:11 PM
Wasn't this used in 8-bit Theater?

Yookeroo
02-27-2008, 11:42 PM
Not quite like the latter ... but in all seriousness, many Simpsonisms seem to be entering the mainstream English language (have any of them made it to dictionaries?).

"D'oh" is in the OED.

Jophiel
02-28-2008, 12:58 AM
Wasn't this used in 8-bit Theater?Yup. and I would have been first to mention it if you hadn't come in two posts above me!

Of course, I doubt that 8-Bit Theater has any grand effect on the public at large but it was where *I* first heard the word and started using it.

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