The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Thursday, 3rd November 2016

Offender, n.

Pronunciation: /əˈfɛndə/
Etymology: < offend v. + -er suffix

1. Law. A person who breaks the law.
2. (Increasingly merging with sense 1) A person who gives offence.

Tuesday, 1st November 2016

A birthday divination rhyme for Twitter:

Monday’s child has #Motivation,
Tuesday’s too has #Motivation,
Wednesday’s child is full of #Wisdom,
Thursday’s child has got some #Thoughts,
Friday’s child is loving and #Feeling,
Saturday’s outfit at #Night is revealing;
And a child that’s born on a Sabbath #Funday,
Is blithe and bonny, and good and #Gay.

Tuesday, 25th October 2016

A text from Hermes: ‘Hi, we’re running a little behind schedule today. We’re sorry’.

The parcel delivery company.

Not the messenger of the gods.

Sunday, 23rd October 2016

Naked mole rat, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈneɪkɪd məʊl rat/
Etymology: < naked adj. + mole n. + rat n.

1. A blind, almost hairless mole rat of East Africa, Heterocephalus glaber (family Bathyergidae), which lives in underground colonies in which only one pair breeds, most other individuals acting as workers.
2. A sex scene, later edited out, from an early version of The Wind in the Willows. Cf. Naked toad badger, n.

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.

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