A military machine for hurling
missiles, such as large stones or spears, used in ancient and
medieval times. [American
"don't try to turn it off"
Presumably referring to a television.
Note the play on words: cowered/coward.
Opie was a character on The Andy
Griffith Show, played by then-child actor Ron Howard. It was
a sweet show, adorable sitcom pabulum from the 50s. But consider
(since Murmur focuses so much on how words sound) what the word
"Opie" sounds like. Open. An open mouth, agog at the
evening's ("it's 9:00" -- or maybe Saturday morning?)
entertainment. Opium: a drug that numbs. There's a famous quote
that "Television is the opiate of the masses." (It's
a rip off of Karl Marx's "Religion is the opiate of the
masses.") [Chris Piuma]
Ron Howard as Opie,
above Andy Griffith.
Note Opie's mouth.