Category Archives: expletives

Doom’s nose on TV…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like one of Shakespeare’s sonnets.  Not very good for soft-leaded pencils, but it feels very comforting in the hand. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Thursday was a grey wet day here in … Continue reading

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That warrant and those squeaks…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found between pages 224 and 225 of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s funny when you have several things, random ones, that come together to form a little … Continue reading

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Mummy, what’s it all about?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s 17th c. English expletive is Cots my lifekins! (I wonder if lifekins was pronounced life-e-kins?) ‘Cots’ is of course a corruption of ‘God’s, and the ‘kins’ is just a common suffix applied to many expletives … Continue reading

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Just a few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s old English expletive is – By the Bithmaskins! An ancient oath, but it was apparently was still in use in Lancashire as late as the 19th century. Probably a corruption and embellishment of – ‘By … Continue reading

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On the bus, and in the kitchen…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one who has cleared a space in the middle and is showing off doing lots of press-ups. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I boarded the bus in the Dulltown Interchange and took a … Continue reading

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Hm, beer… warmth…

But first… Dulltown,UK: Today’s annoyance is first triggered when you find that you are getting more spam items on your blog than actual readers. Doh!… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Walking into town, past the railway station car park the other day, I noticed … Continue reading

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My empty wine glass was filled up again…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s expletive is one that cleverly uses the name of a Welsh town to do a bit of ‘effing and blinding‘ without causing too much offence – Llanfairfechan Hell! (L) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, one afternoon in February, … Continue reading

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