Category Archives: expletives

Now listen here, scumbag!…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is another from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, which I am currently re-reading. I’m nearly at the end now; I’m sure, like all good Russian novels, it’s going to end in misery … Continue reading

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Just a few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: bloody, haptotropic, perradial, suaveolent, Heliconian, and choppy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 425. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was polishing my Irish backstop. A single overheard remark: ‘But what … Continue reading

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How about some more of those nice Crush names?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s rather fine expletive from the days of Queen Elizabeth 1 is Blood and Thunder! I think we should make a start on bringing it back into use, don’t you? ‘Blood and thunder! Barista! This cappuccino … Continue reading

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Grey musty dusty…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s vole is the very good snooker player, but who is banned from tournaments because she needs to use a high stool to reach the table. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I shouldn’t really watch them I suppose. They just … Continue reading

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Doom and the famous poet…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s old-fashioned American expletive is, No Sir-ee Bob!… ‘Bob’ being an obvious euphemism for ‘God’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yesterday as I was cutting through the Dulltown railway station, now part of the Interchange, I noticed travellers and passers-by … Continue reading

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Could I just interrupt you for a second?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s wedge of cheese is the one with intentional mould on it. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Excuse me…’ ‘Hang on…’ ‘Excuse me!’ ‘Look, I’m nearly at the end of my song – just a couple of strummed chords left… … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s ancient British expletive is Od’s Bodkins! A corruption of ‘God’s body’. In 19th c. ‘flash’ or slang another ‘Bodikin’ was also well-known as a contraction of ‘Bawdy-ken’ or brothel, perhaps making the oath a risqué … Continue reading

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