Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Why Mattathiasing?

The title of this blog is a noun turned into a verb turned into a noun. It is also a wordplay on what was already a wordplay on my first two names, one Hebrew in origin, the other Punjabi. You may notice that the url is slightly different than the title: this is in homage to Douglas Adams, who never believed in writing the same thing the same way twice. In short, the title of this blog is connected deeply to who I am and what I love: words, wordplay, internal inconsistencies, and Douglas Adams.

If the word mattathiasing were used in a sentence, it would be something like "I was planning on going mattathiasing later today, after visiting the library. Would you like to come along?" Mattathiasing, as noted, is a verbal noun called a gerund: since mattathias is a name and not a verb, mattathiasing can be tentatively described as the act of being Mattathias, or the action of doing things which are particularly mattathiasy in nature. It may also be seen as the act of trying to come to a greater understanding of what it means to be a Mattathias.

And that is what I will strive to do on this blog. What you, dear reader, are looking at is the greatest internet compilation of Mattathias looking into what it means to be Mattathias anywhere on the internet. Perhaps it also says something about what it means to be you.


  1. ooh! ohh! can I come mattathiasing with you?!

  2. I'm glad I found this, it's so perfectly witty and well composed down to the last detail. Keep blogging._.

  3. Gunnar-- I'm glad you found it too, and glad that you enjoy it. Happy reading.