April 7, 2007

“Shots Rang Out!”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 3:32 pm

“Shots rang out.”

“Shots rang out?”

I got to thinking about that as I was walking this morning. Don’t ask me why. I assume it’s a cosmic thing.

Anyone familiar with the sound of gunfire knows that shots don’t “ring”. Farookin’ bells ring. And yet, in the written word, shots continue to “ring out”.

To wit, Google produces 157,000 hits for “shots rang out”.

I got to thinking a bit more about this weighty matter, and I wondered what other words might work instead of “rang”. How about these?

“Shots boomed out.” (“Boom” has a big gun sound.) Only 31 Google hits. WTF?

“Shots blasted out.” (“Blast” has some weight, methinks.) Damn, only 25 Google hits.

“Shots sang out.” (I figure if they can ring, they can sing.) Yikes! Only one Google hit.

“Shots tolled out.” (Hell, bells toll, so why not shots?) Wrong! Zero Google hits.

“Shots farted out.” OK, I know I’m reaching here, but I’m desperate. Nope. Zero Google hits, but Google suggested that I try “Shots fired out”.

OK, I’m game.

“Shots fired out.” Hey, Google may be on to something here. 305 Google hits.

And this silly shit demonstrates precisely why I should step away from this contraption and read a farookin’ book – one that hopefully has nothing to with shots ringing, booming, blasting, singing, tolling, farting, or firing out.



  1. You have way, way too much free time on your hands,,,

    Comment by Michele — April 7, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

  2. …just a little tidbit to ponder…

    They only ring out, if the weapon is in close proximity to your head.

    …of course, it’s your head that rings out, not the shots….

    (okay, I’ll take another shot, please. Thank you)

    Comment by everydayjoe — April 7, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

  3. Of course, once google rescans your site, there will be *one* result for “shots farted out”.

    Something to look forward to, no doubt.

    Comment by Steve — April 7, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

  4. “Shots farted out” – that’s AWESOME! In any event, I’m wondering, if this is any example of the train of thought your mind tends to go on, did you ever hear a word (“happy,” as an example), and one time you say it to yourself and it just doesn’t sound right, and you began to analyze it all over in your mind, wondering about the derivation, roots, how we use it in sentences, why we use it that way, and so forth?

    Comment by Name Withheld To Protect The Innocent — April 7, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

  5. Ah, shoot…I didn’t change my name thing back to normal. As if you couldn’t figure it out…that was me, up above.

    Comment by Erica — April 7, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

  6. NWTPTI/Erica,

    In a word, “yes,” which I admit is a bit “Rainmanish”.


    Comment by Jim — April 7, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

  7. Shots cummed out. Musta been Velociman…

    Comment by Velociman — April 7, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

  8. oh, damn… the entertainment here… priceless!!

    Comment by Jean — April 7, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

  9. I have two fingers of Jose’s Black Label poured, sitting in front me.
    It’s a beautiful sight.

    Such an appropriate post. Truly it was.

    Comment by dick — April 7, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

  10. shots went K Fucking BOOM

    Comment by GUYK — April 8, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

  11. … shots “burped” out?…. as in the ole “burp guns”…

    … sorry, just a thought…..

    Comment by Eric — April 8, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

  12. Jim are you doing that thing where you “say” a word in your head over and over and before you know it, it starts seeming like total gibberish and makes no sense at all, like it’s not even an English word?

    Not that I’ve ever done that. That would be pretty farookin’ nutty.

    Comment by dogette — April 9, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

  13. I googled “Shots poured out”….9730 hits

    Appears to be a lot more drunks then shooters,singers, bellringers & those flatulently challenged.

    Comment by dudley1 — April 9, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

  14. OMG – that thing Dogette said, that’s EXACTLY what I was referring to. That happens to me all the time. Also, I’m wondering, can shots…”dribble” out?

    Comment by Erica — April 9, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

  15. The word “dark” kept me pondering for awhile. Sounds like a noise you’d make if, whilst having sex, you fell out of bed and landed on your shoe

    Comment by holder — April 9, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

  16. “farts shot out”…three hits.

    Comment by zonker — April 11, 2007 @ 9:30 am

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