The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Saturday, 8th April 2017

For a vision of society in the future, take words and phrases containing boy and substitute bot. We’ll soon be living among,

  • Altar bots
  • Ball bots
  • Barrow bots
  • Best bots
  • Bot altos
  • Bot bands
  • Bots next door
  • Bot racers
  • Bot sopranos
  • Bovver bots
  • Bully bots
  • Choir bots
  • Drummer bots
  • Errand bots
  • Good old bots
  • Head bots
  • Knowledge bots
  • Lover bots
  • Publicity bots
  • Water bots

After the Singularity, the robots will take our jobs by time-honoured means: in the old bot network, it’ll be all about jobs for the bots.

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

On fleeker, adj.

Pronunciation: /ɒn fliːkə/
Etymology: < fleek adj., apparently an arbitrary formation

1. More ‘on fleek’: better, more attractive, or more stylish (than someone else).
2. Usu. in form On Flickr, contronymous to sense 1: worse, less attractive, or less stylish (than anyone else).

Tuesday, 7th February 2017

Speaker’s Corner, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈspiːkəz ˈkɔːnə/
Etymology: < speaker n. + corner n.

The north-east corner of the House of Commons, noted as a place where soap-box orators air their views.

Saturday, 4th February 2017

People on Twitter who spell their names all lower-case. To paraphrase Kingsley Amis on people who write onto as one word: I have no great objection, though I have found by experience that no one persistently using lower-case when typing his own name writes anything much worth reading. Amis goes on:

There seems to be a similar connection, or lack of one, between starting lines of verse with a lower-case letter and inability to write a worth-while (not worthwhile) poem.

Saturday, 28th January 2017

Then he called for Peace in Vietnam, and the crowd roared and the band played Dianas as if he had made a glorious pass. Peace in Vietnam was now the property of all politicians; Peace in Vietnam was the girl who had gone to bed with a thousand different guys, but always took a bath, and so was a virgin. Hubert felt like a virgin every time he talked of Peace in Vietnam. He spoke with the innocent satisfaction of a drop of oil sliding down a scallion.

Miami and the Siege of Chicago (1968) by Normal Mailer

In Britain, until recently, when a politician wanted to feel like a virgin, he called for more apprenticeships. Now he criticises Trump. Criticising Trump is now the property of all politicians.

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