Recently, in the latest edition of Carnivalesque XVIII [hosted at Blogenspiel for September], it was noted that the edition would be a "little light on the medieval ... it seems as though the medievalist bloggers have been blogging their academic lives, rather than their academics, lately. So this particular carnivalesque also includes a few words of encouragement to myself and my colleagues to blog a bit more!!" Okay, in the spirit of "more medieval blogging" [whatever that means, and hey, here at In The Middle, I kind of thought we were doing our best, but . . . anyway], but also to keep it a bit "lite" and continue in the vein of our quest for the real meaning of "medievalism[s]," I decided to conduct a Google experiment centered on the phrase "medieval shit"--as in, "that's some serious medieval shit, man!" or "what kind of medieval shit is this, anyway, man?!?" or "I will lay some serious medieval shit on your ass, man!" and so on and so forth. "Medieval" as an adjective in contemporary discourse, in other words, that connotes the whack, the prehistorically ridiculous, and the primevally savage. One interesting find was the website, inspired by the film Pulp Fiction, badmofowallets.com, where you can purchase the "Bad Motherfucker Wallet" carried by the character Jules in the film, and the purchaser is assured that with every order they will also include "a business card with a picture of Jules on it, and the whole Ezekials' speech is on the card, just in case someone pisses you off, you are ready to say some medieval shit to them." Hmm, so now the Old Testament Ezekiel is medieval? You betcha! Over at myspace. com we have an entry from "Rick" who tells us that his interests are: "listening to and making music. software engineering. medieval shit. stuffed chickens. im totally crackers for cheese." Over at the Urban Dictionary, we find that the phrase "get medieval" might mean: 1) getting ridiculously drunk; 2) Also used when you are invited to a birthday party at Medieval Times and your team wins; a) Oh shit, (Insert Name here) is gonna try to down that bottle of vodka, hes gonna get medieval as hell if he does it; b) (Member of Red team screaming to other team mates) Oh Shit, The Red Knight is just about to stab the Yellow Knight in the throat to win the tournament, we about to get medieval!
I'm afraid to report here that most of my research is taking me to very, very, very scary blogs. I think what that means is that I should uncork a bottle of wine, kick back, and watch Huff, which is exactly what I plan to do next. That show is some serious, um . . . shit. But not medieval shit.