An observation, and something about words…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s special guests are the Rudolph Valentino lookalike twins Betty and Ralph Coip. Come on up and have a chat with us on the sofa! Love your stylish monochrome attire! What’s that? Because you always appeared in silent films you are not going to speak? Well, not really much point in your coming up then, is there?… (RV)

The other day I spotted a rather scruffy middle-aged man walking along in town chatting with a companion of similar age and appearance – in his arms he was carrying a very large stuffed toy bear; it’s fur was black and white, so it might well have been a panda. Whoever had given it to him had put it in what looked like a black plastic bin bag, possibly in case he might feel embarrassed carrying the thing around in public. The thing was though, that the bin bag wasn’t quite large enough – the beast’s head and one arm were poking out the top of it, they were bobbing up and down with each step as the chap walked along. The bear looked quite endearing and cute, and was attracting admiring glances and remarks from passers-by – the man, and his companion seemed to be blushing slightly.


‘Homophobic… Homo… phobic…’
‘Yes, yes! What about it?’
‘Well, I think it might be from the Greek…’
‘It could well be…’
‘It means ‘same’…’
‘Oh yes? And the…’
‘And the ‘phobic’ part?’
‘That might be from the Greek too, and also the Latin.’
‘How very interesting…’
‘Well, if you are going to be like that!’
‘No, no, please go on, I’m gripped.’
‘Well ‘phobic’ means ‘having a fear of’ – ‘being scared of’ – something.’
‘I see…’
‘So, ‘homophobic’ means being frightened by sameness – frightened of things staying the same…’
‘Yes, that seems logical.’
‘Yes, it does.’
‘I didn’t think that it meant that though…’
‘No, neither did I… Of course ‘homo’ can also mean ‘human’.’
‘Oh?… So, that would make it – being frightened of humans?’
‘Looks like it, doesn’t it?…’
‘Hm, they’re funny things, are words…’
‘Yes, aren’t they?’

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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3 Responses to An observation, and something about words…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    & Transphobia is fear of … what?

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Good morning Dave, a good lesson in words today!

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