Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: ornery, ventilable, naff, napiform, ectoblastic, bracteal, and gawping.
I have mentioned it before, but it does smell of old-fashioned cough mixture – I expect someone spilled a little bit of it on the book when they were glancing through looking for cough remedies. Yes, we are back with that tattered old junk shop book of mine, the Daily Express Enquire Within from 1934. Here’s a picture of the title page:
I do love that logo, or emblem – the globe, the laurel leaves, and is that the flame of knowledge and learning – or a plate of something edible (a wobbling meringue?) balanced on the end of a stick ready to be twirled by a passing juggler?
This book has everything in it, is it a compendium? Well it does have everything necessary for running a nice middle class life in Britain in the 1930s.
Across the head of each page there are some words of wisdom or a proverb to attract your eye and stimulate as you thumb through, I will include one of these with each of today’s items dear reader:
Page 126. (Economy is the easy chair of old age.)
Terms Used in Croquet.
i. Roquet – To strike another ball with your own.
ii. Croquet – When two balls are in contact, the player strikes the other away. The striker shall not place his foot on either ball in making the stroke.
iii. Wired – When a ball is in contact with a hoop, so as to prevent it going through.
iv. Ball in Hand – On making a roquet the striker’s ball immediately becomes ‘in hand’ and remains so until croquet has been taken.
Page 440. (Look on the bright side of everything.)
A Good Toilet Soap.
Palm oil soap and olive oil soap, one part of each; curd soap, three parts. Melt them together and then scent with oil of verbena, ginger-grass, or rose geranium.
Page 411. (He hath no leisure who useth it not.)
To Clean White Ostrich Feathers.
Four ounces of white soap, cut small, dissolved in four pints of water, rather hot, in a large basin; beat up the solution into a lather. Introduce the feathers, and draw them through the hands for five or six minutes. After this soaping wash in clean water, as hot as the hand can bear. Then rinse in cold water with blue. Shake near a fire until dry.
The feathers may be re-curled by using a narrow paper-knife, drawing the feather over the edge of the knife while holding it by finger and thumb.
Page 28. (The burden is light on the shoulders of another.)
Pluck, draw, and truss, cover the breast with a vine leaf, and over that a thin slice of fat bacon. Put the birds on a long skewer and roast for ten to fifteen minutes.
Page 386. (Out of debt, out of danger.)
Domes of Silence.
These are rounded and polished steel discs with projecting points, which, when fitted to the ends of chair legs, enable the chairs to be moved smoothly and noiselessly over a wooden floor. They also protect carpets and linoleum from wear.