Sunday, March 8, 2009

New Word: whale jail

Whale jail: noun. The circle in Hell reserved for people who shop at Whole Foods and insist on parking their suburban assault vehicles in the parking spaces reserved for fuel efficient, eco-friendly sub-compact cars and hybrids.

In Dante's Inferno, whale jail is lodged in between circle three (the gluttonous) and circle four (the avaricious). Some scholars argue that whale jail is, in fact, an annex of circle eight, bolgia six, wherein lie the hypocrites. However it can be counter-argued that while being shallow and ignorant is functionally equivalent to being a hypocrite, it is not morally equivalent.


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