The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Saturday, 22nd October 2016

The film version of Martin Amis’s dark novel London Fields remains unreleased because of a lawsuit brought by the director against the producers.

I wonder if the two parties are arguing about whether to include the book’s most disturbing and immoral line, spoken by the femme fatale Nicola Six:

‘But that’s enough etymology for now.’

As St Martin-in-the-Fields knows, there’s never enough etymology.

Thursday, 20th October 2016

Big whoop, int. and n.

Pronunciation: /ˌbɪɡ ˈwʊp/
Etymology: < big adj. + whoop n.

1. int. Expressing dismissiveness: ‘So what?’ ‘Who cares?’
2. n. A big utterance of ‘whoo(p)’, contronymous to sense 1, expressing approval in place of applause: ‘Oh my God! I agree!’

Tuesday, 18th October 2016

See you next Tuesday, phr.

Pronunciation: /siː juː nɛkst ˈtjuːzdi/
Etymology: < the ‘see you’ make the cu and the initials nt follow.

1. Used as an insider’s code for ‘cunt’.
2. Theresa May’s message to those awaiting a decision on a third runway at Heathrow.

Sunday, 16th October 2016

Resit culture, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈriːsɪt ˈkʌltʃə/
Etymology: < resit n. + culture n.

1. Educ. The practice of pupils resitting exams until they get the desired result.
2. Polit. The practise of electorates resitting referendums until they return the desired result.

Saturday, 8th October 2016

A shy and uncertain student writes home at the end of freshers’ week:

I am far quieter than the other students (as you know, mum), and had nothing whatever to do with the vandalism which was carried out by the Wreckers. This sinister and diabolical self-designation is a kind of mark of their urbane sophistication. I live among them shamelessly ashamed of not being one of the gang. I keep company with them and sometimes delight in their friendship, though I always hold their actions in abhorrence. The Wreckers wantonly persecute shy and unknown freshmen. Their aim is to persecute them by mockery and so to feed their own malevolent amusement. Nothing more resembles devils than their manner of carrying on. So no truer name can be given them than the Wreckers. Clearly they are themselves wrecked first of all and perverted by evil spirits, who are mocking them and seducing them in the very acts by which they love to mock and deceive others.


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