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  • Anyone know what this means, or more to the point, where it comes from? Here's the context, from the Tampa Bay Times (nee St. Pete Times), drawing on ESPN or wire service accounts:

    "ESPN has suspended First Take commentator Rob Parker indefinitely for racially charged comments he made about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. "Is he a 'brother,' or is he a comball 'brother'?" Parker, who is black, said on Thursday's show. 'He is kind of black, but he's not really like the guy you'd want to hang out with. ... He has a white fiancée, people talking about that he's a Republican.' ESPN is 'conducting a full review,' spokesman Josh Krulewitz said."

    December 15, 2012

  • I hope ESPN finds out whether or not he's a red-publican.

    As for comball, perhaps "a word as cunningly hidden in its maze of confused drapery as a fieldmouse in a nest of coloured ribbons" --Finnegans Wake

    December 15, 2012

  • Urban Dictionary doesn't seem to be any help. I don't suppose it's a bad kerning of cornball.*

    *Normally I'd blame that sort of comment on the apparent flaw in my nature that causes me to assume people are generally kind-hearted, but in this particular instance we should probably blame it on the fact that I live in a part of the world where many of the ads on the evening news have to do with contolling grub worms and increasing yields.

    December 15, 2012

  • Send not to know for whom the grub worm contolls...

    December 16, 2012

  • Thank you for your kind comment.

    December 16, 2012

  • Could it be an ocrtifacts-type corruption of cornball?

    December 16, 2012

  • Perhaps it's a hair style:

    "Dear Rob Parker... If you have a comb-over that looks like a bird's eye view of Florida, you don't get to talk about blackness or cornballs


    December 17, 2012

  • Ruzuzu -- I read this as "cornball" at first, too. I had to read it over several times before I could see the actual spelling.

    December 18, 2012

  • The word may have been spelled as it sounded to the transcriber. I suggest reviewing the spoken record before speculating further. Perhaps the *comb* part was pronounced as in the words combined, combinatorial, etc.

    December 18, 2012