Category Archives: expletives

Mail Art Postcard. No. 4780…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s 19th c. US expletive is ‘Grease Us Twice’! A very nice rhythmic euphemism for Jesus Christ. Come on, let’s practice saying it – we can try to slip it into any conversations that we might … Continue reading

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Without having to stoop at all…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s cuttlefish is the one peering into this morning’s Financial Times, grunting, banging the table, and uttering expletives concerning the Chancellor of the Exchequer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I have always found it very satisfying and beneficial to my … Continue reading

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Dulltown junk, with message…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity is the one taking the form of a woman with a white crown and antelope horns, the Goddess Satet. Her cult centre is Elephantine and her attributes are protectress and fertility. (click … Continue reading

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I do like a bit of Shakespeare…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s financial forecast is for people to continue to believe that economic growth is a good thing. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On television: A couple of days ago I noticed that there was some Shakespeare coming up on one … Continue reading

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How about watching some Avenger-Trek then?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found inside a Victorian beer bottle in the mud on the bank of the River Thames. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, I see that some nicely restored episodes of the original Kirk … Continue reading

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Doom outside Boots…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the dark: ‘I want to live with you quite openly,’ she blubbered. ‘In your own home. And to see people…’ ‘Very well,’ he said, rising to … Continue reading

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Junk on the bench, with breakfast…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s 18th century English expletive is By Cob’s Body! A prissy euphemism for By God’s Body! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Cob’s body!… Will I ever stop doing these bloody lino prints! Who knows? One does get into a … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4772…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s octopus is the one in the posh department store trying on brightly coloured Bermuda shorts for the summer season. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, here is a very straightforward mail art postcard, a simple collage on bright card … Continue reading

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Some cobbled together short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: boxy, Bajocian, varsal, quotidian, lageniform, pterygoid, and woolly. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you might know dear reader, I used to do these ‘short but pithy’ compilations quite regularly, but with the great lockdown … Continue reading

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Lockdown with the apparitions…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: chechia, parvise, seton, wanty, introit, faldstool, and comburgess. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s lockdown-interactive-podcast-on-screen-lecture first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor … Continue reading

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Pho-tog-raphy?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s stick of rhubarb, shunned by his bendy comrades, is the perfectly straight one. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I observe that you have an actual camera…’ ‘Eh?’ ‘A camera, an actual one…’ ‘Oh, I see – you mean it’s … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Pad Britt. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, of course, with self-isolation, I’ve not been out cafe-ing for some time now; I do miss it. But here are some snatches from those days which were … Continue reading

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So, what’s happened to our months then?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s well-established English expletive is Codswallop! e.g. You, are talking codswallop! There are several ideas on the origin of this word; they involve ‘cod’ meaning scrotum, and ‘wallop’ being a euphemism for Bollocks. But I have … Continue reading

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Come on, let’s look at some recent spam items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s old expletive is ‘I’ll be bumswizzled!’ – in Yorkshire dialect a ‘swizzler’ is an old soak, a drunkard – the ‘bum’ is just an added extra. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, I get a couple of spam items … Continue reading

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Crush character names, free for all…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s weather will feature an all-pervading drabness, with sparse gusts rattling the privet, a leaden cloud the size of the Titanic will visit all parts, and by nightfall a creeping miasma may be detected by all … Continue reading

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Doom in the pedestrianised area…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s giraffe is the one waiting for Amazon to deliver his new lockdown mask, so he can go off to the post office to buy stamps. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you may have gathered from my earlier posts, … Continue reading

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Rambling on about teeth, and masks…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: tenebrae, pemphigus, compursion, roker, bonduc, and elytrum. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s avatar first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning – extra marks … Continue reading

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But what about photography?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s oath from the Victorian underworld is, I wish my bloody eyes may drop out!… (From Bozzimacoo: Origins and Meanings of Oaths & Swear Words by Mary Marshall. 1975) Click. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘What do you think of … Continue reading

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It’s that zigzag one…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I am currently re-reading: She (Elizabeth) was the daughter of a well-known theatrical manager, a willowy, wispy, fair-haired girl with colourless eyes and … Continue reading

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I think it’s intelligent and residual…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I am currently re-reading: He married her because it happened just so. A trip to the mountains in her company, plus her fat … Continue reading

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