This post explores the meanings behind the new items and words that are included in the Wild West event. This covers Act 3. Warning: There is a single “bad word” listed in the article.
Buildings or Decorations
Sneed’s Feed and Seed has a joke built into its name. The building’s sign also reads “(Formerly Chuck’s)”. Wikisimpsons explains that the joke exists in the rhyming pattern of the name. Where the current name rhymes with “-eed” for each syllable, the former sign would have read with all “-uck”. Assuming that all the starting letters stayed the same, the former sign would read: “Chuck’s Fuck and Suck”.
I think the reason that wasn’t clear to me from the start is because a “Fuck and Suck” doesn’t make sense for a store… Also, consider that it’s a “formerly” situation, which would most likely mean that it’s the same type of store (a feed store), maybe even with the same exact name save for the “Sneed” or “Chuck” (ownership). I guess this is a “dirty minds” joke, one that we think of regardless of its logical conclusion.
Also, Sneed is a very rare name. Last name, as far as I can tell. Chuck is usually a first name, but is listed as a rare last name, as well.
For the Plaza jobs we find that not everyone can do every job. There are 16 characters available, but only 12 can do a job for each craze.
Not considering characters that can join in every craze (that’s six characters), I’m going to figure out the issues with the rest.
- Lisa can only Ominously Warn (collect gold coins). I don’t know why “warning” equals gold coins. Lisa not being involved in the other crazes make sense as she’s normally “above it all”.
- Snake can only join in collecting pickaxes and guns. Collecting guns makes sense since that is his craze (Instigate Chaos/Lawlessness), but why not hats, since he has a hat? (But that’s only his skin, Outlaw Snake.) He doesn’t Overreact to Warnings (gold coins) because he’s part of the reason for the warnings. But why would he ever turn down an opportunity to get his hands on some gold?
- Gummy Joe is interested in everything except for the gold. He stated in the dialogue that he just wanted Old Springfield to be built and that they could have the gold.
- Marge is interested in everything except for Abusing Lawlessness. Sounds about right for the fretful mother to be against guns and for law-abidingness.
- Bart is probably not allowed to enjoy the guns because of Marge. But I don’t understand why he’s not participating in the gold.
- Krusty, Wiggum, and The Rich Texan have no interest in Buying Overpriced Supplies because that would mean manual labor (pickaxes).
- The Rich Texan is really just interested in hats and guns, which goes with his stereotype. He might not care about the gold because he’s rich enough.
- Wiggum might not care to switch his hat. Though, he seems a likely character to Get Riled Up…
- Belle also doesn’t seem likely to sport a cowboy hat.
- Lurleen’s lack of interest in guns makes sense according to her songs, which don’t have any content about shooting someone who “done her wrong”. She’s actually a pretty nice woman — except for the man stealing. And that’s just not a crime. 😉
“He wields a mighty hammer called, uh, Blargnak.”
This sure sounds like an “homage” to Thor and his hammer, Mjölnir. Homer even paints thunderbolts on the side of it. The question is how did they arrive at this name and spelling?
The first thing we can consider is how it sounds. It has the feel of being a Nordic word, yet is written and pronounceable as a Germanic word. (I can’t explain that notion.) As an English speaker it is easily pronounceable to me, whereas Mjölnir takes at least a guess or two to pronounce (and I’d probably still be wrong about it).
It could be that the second ‘a’ in “Blargnak” is pronounced more like the ‘a’ in “flaunt” than the ‘a’ in “at”. “Blargnok” (with an ‘o’ in the second syllable) actually gets some better search results. This word turns up only a couple results that are fictional as well. It seems to be used as placeholder. There’s a Twitter user going by “Blargnok”, but the word remains random.
Trying to break down the word most likely gets us the components “blarg” and “nok”. “Blarg” is an “undefined” utterance, an interjection, usually indicating negative emotion or just some nonsense. While “nok” may be related to the Nordic nǫkkurr, which means “something”, which would be appropriate for a non-sense word. Of course, it’s most likely not constructed by any means other than “being made up”.
In the end I’d define “blargnak” and “blargnok” as nonsense words used as placeholders for something random. I think this is why Homer picks the name using an “uh”, which meant that he hadn’t really picked a good and meaningful name. Homer is lazy or the writers are. 😉
What do you think of these interpretations? Have a different reading of anything? Anything else from the Wild West Event that you wanted covered? Comment below.