"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)



People arrive at this blog through all kinds of random Google searches, but without a doubt, one of the most interesting came through yesterday: prendergasted. A few tweets (thanks to @WrongingRights and @ithorpe!) later, I learned that "prendergasted" is a reference to Peter Prendergast, a Jamaican soccer referee who nullified a Belgian goal in a 2002 World Cup match against Brazil despite the fact that nobody else believed Belgium had any faults in scoring the goal. Brazil, of course, won the entire tournament.

So apparently, "prendergasted" is a term synonymous with getting screwed by a referee. But for those of us who are interested in international humanitarian and development aid and advocacy - and who are familiar with the antics of another Prendergast - I'm guessing that "prendergasted" has a whole other set of meanings. What definitions would you use?

Update: Check out comment #4 below for the origin of the search!



Blogger texasinafrica said...

Just to get it started, here are a few ideas from the Twitter discussion on this:

@WrongingRights: Having your human rights crisis solved through strategic deployment of haircare products?

@karlincharge: The exasperated sigh a celebrity makes just before boarding their plane away from this icky refugee camp

Me: Having your research or experiences ignored in the name of generating publicity?

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 1:53:00 PM

Blogger Ian said...

How about: your cellphone service was disconnnected and your voicemail replaced by a message explaining that it was done to bring attention to issue of conflict minerals in Congo.
(I didn't make this up - in part based on advice I heard given to school studients on how to bring attention to conflict minerals in the Congo)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 2:26:00 PM

Blogger Ian said...

An army of Wizards came in to persuade you to divest from Chinese Oil companies or face the jellylegs hex?


Tuesday, January 05, 2010 3:22:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I searched that on google after I saw a comment on your post on 12/11/2009 by ColoredOpinions who said... "I feel Prendergasted"

As a result of his badvocacy many artisanal miners in DRC are going to be "prendergasted".

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 4:36:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Anon, that's amazing. Thanks for coming back!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 9:44:00 PM

Blogger Lil said...

Anon--I agree, that was hilarious.

Thursday, January 07, 2010 9:41:00 AM


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