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    Ultimate Member newbie~wan's Avatar
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    What does the expression "to commit harry carey" mean?

    Some guy used it at work the other day when we were discussing a topic. Most people laughed. I didnt.

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    I believe it's spelled "hari kari".

    If memory serves me correctly, it's a process by which a samauri (or something similar?) commits suicide by inserting his sword into his stomach, and essentially disemboweling himself.

    I'm not sure if that's the exact explanation, but that's the gist of it!

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    It is ritual suicide to save face or honor. It's actually "hara-kiri".

    Thud has it down too... Means literally to cut your stomach.

    If a Samurai was dishonored, he was expected to commit hara-kiri. One way to be dishonored was to "fall down of the job" of guarding your master. If a Samurai that lost his master did not commit hara-kiri, he became a Ronin (like the movie) - a masterless Samurai...
    Last edited by SickPup404; January 25th, 2002 at 02:24 PM.

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    Main Entry: hara-kiri
    Pronunciation: "har-i-'kir-E, -'kar-E
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Japanese harakiri, from hara belly + kiri cutting
    Date: 1840
    1 : ritual suicide by disembowelment practiced by the Japanese samurai or formerly decreed by a court in lieu of the death penalty
    2 : SUICIDE 1b

    John

    p.s. Got this from yourdictionary.com. They have a little download where you can add the yourDictionary button to your links bar and get a definition of any work selected within the browser.

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    With that title spelled the way it is I thought you were talking about people going out buying a pair of enormous glasses, getting drunk off their a$$ and then sitting back and making comments about different people in a crowd.

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    With that title spelled the way it is I thought you were talking about people going out buying a pair of enormous glasses, getting drunk off their a$$ and then sitting back and making comments about different people in a crowd.
    LOL!

    May he rest in peace.

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    What is the difference between Seppuku & hara-kiri?

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    Seppuku is the Chinese equivalent to Japanese hara-kiri.

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    In

    America it's called "Falling on your sword cause you had a bad day"

    England it's called "Falling on your sword cause you had a bit of bad luck that day".

    my language it would be called "doing an unsuccessfull knife trick".

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    I like THRUSH's answer best!!

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    and to add, your Best friend is required to be your "Second"

    He does the Honor of cutting your head off so that you will not suffer as much

    Gee, what are friends for

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    I don't know why I knew what this expression meant.

    Could've been all the WWII books I've read....

    Guess that's why I'm good at trivia

    Speaking of which......Mike - we'll have to have a trivia game tonight.

    Warthog

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    Most definetely Wart!

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    I think

    harry carey is what you get when you catch jim carey with his pants down

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    Arrow

    here's a couple of intersting articles on the subject.

    Note that proper seppuku requires a second to chop your head off before you suffer too much...

    http://kyushu.com/gleaner/editorspick/seppuku.shtml

    http://victorian.fortunecity.com/duc...0/seppuku.html

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