Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/06/blaine_dictionary/

David Blaine tw*tdangles into Urban Dictionary

Linguistic fame for US gitwizard

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 6th March 2009 14:31 GMT

David Blaine has secured his place in lexicographical history by twatdangling his way into the Urban Dictionary.

As regular readers will recall, we previously believed the term was coined by a Reg commenter outraged by the gitwizard's's NYC Benito Mussolini impression. However, the word's full etymology has now been revealed:

From Old English "Twattendang", from the Viking "Twtdnglersk", meaning to hang from the rigging of a longship in an attempt to impress your shipmates.

The linguistic historian who contributed of this insight notes that the term is now defined thus: "Absurd stunt involving David Blaine hanging upside-down above a NYC ice-rink for a couple of minutes, duly extended to mean any publicity-grabbing gig exposing the protagonist as a complete 'twatdangle'."

Enough said. ®