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Origins of the word 'burbilly
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/11/2006 - 23:00.
On realneo, I recently coined a new term 'burbilly", which Phillip Williams found hilarious. He asked if I made this term up, which I did, and I explained to him the origins of the term, which are very serious.
I do not mean the term to be derogatory, but use it to highlight a frightening phenomenon that has caused my family harm recently, and this week proved fatal for a child in the news, the granddaughter of deceased Cleveland Browns owner Al Lerner.
Several month age, I received a call from my 12 year old daughter's mother that she was in the hospital from a golf cart "accident" out in the exurbs where they live. Burbilly friends of my daughter have a large property in Lorain County and so have dangerous adult rural toys like golf carts they let their children use without supervision. The children drove recklessly, wrecked the cart, and my daughter has a seriously broken leg.
We hear of such senseless accidents all the time - people who believe because they live in rural places they are rural people, and load their properties with chainsaws, shotguns, four-wheelers, and golf carts, when they were not raised in and are not tuned in to that environment and the hazards there, and don't have the sense to protect their children from such dangers. In the case of my daughter, her leg is broken and her summer ruined. In the case of Lerner's 6 year old granddaughter, driving a go-cart unattended on a 300 acre property, the poor child drowned. This concern for the safety of sprawl children is the source of the term Burbilly, for cause.