Category Archives: Grumpiness

Mail Art Postcard. No. 4827…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: corpulent, alimental, matutinal, thrummy, octennial, dyslogistic, and blithering.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, it’s yet another of my mail art postcards – a simple collage on bright card using clippings from that awful and dumbed-down UK … Continue reading

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What was that he just said?…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather nice fish names are: the Zebra Tilapia, the Tube-Snout, the Seamoth, the Port Jackson Shark, the Jellynose Fish, and Owen’s Pupfish. If you had to have one of these fish as a charge on your … Continue reading

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Just a few short, but pithy items…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: yclept, itacism, shrieval, dux, citole, and toponymy. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences, ready for Professor Mouldie’s Zoom session first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor … Continue reading

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Mice and Doom…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s little-used and very silly sounding word is prebend.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I had a 2 am phone call from a drunken man last night.The drunken man turned out to be Simon Doom, poet from the glory days of the … Continue reading

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Brownlow buys new grips…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s old US expletive is Oh criminy! – criminy being a euphemism for the word Christ. My book on swearing and oaths points out that For ‘God’s’ sake is often permissible, but For ‘Christ’s’ sake, less … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of café conversation – pre-lockdown, of course…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Flann O’Brien’s 1930s novel The Third Policeman:…a small man was sitting beside me watching me. He was tricky and he smoked a tricky pipe and his hand was quavery. His eyes were tricky … Continue reading

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Oh, it’s her again!…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s very silly word is ‘filigree’.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh, dear reader, I’ll bet you’ve been on the edge of your seat, on tenterhooks perhaps, or lying awake in the night, your mind buzzing with possibilities, wondering what my linocut … Continue reading

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Tongued brogues Albert?…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual china teapot is the one shaped like a box of wheat cereal – not a very good pourer and it is rather confusing on the breakfast table.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This morning dear reader, I thought that we … Continue reading

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Getting angry about words…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation if from Flann O’Brien’s 1930s novel The Third Policeman:‘I have no name,’ I replied.‘Then how could I tell you where the box was if you could not sign a receipt? That would be most irregular, … Continue reading

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In contact with Mayonnaise…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather nice fish names are: the Alligator Gar, the Mola Mola, the Peamouth, the Orbicular Velvetfish, the Luminous Hake, and the Shovelnose Sturgeon.If you had to spend an afternoon playing a round of golf with one … Continue reading

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Hang on, why are you telling me all this?…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather unexpected annoyance is that WordPress have, for some reason, discontinued the screen layout that I usually write these pieces on, and replaced it, without any warning, with something very different, which is surprisingly messy, slow, … Continue reading

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Is that for another lino print Dave?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s 17th and 18th c. American expletive is Holy fishcats! In the US, for some reason, the word ‘cat’ managed to become a euphemism for ‘God’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Meanwhile, back in the workshop… You might think that … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4632…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s very nice fish names are: the Burbot, the Deepwater Cardinalfish, the Gulper Eel, the Kokanee, and the Burrowing Goby. Just going by the name, which one of these fish would you choose to have as … Continue reading

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Hang on, what was that again?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient suit of armour is the one which is complete except for a missing comb which should be on the helm. (click) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Do you want another flat white from the bar?’ ‘No, no, I’m … Continue reading

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Vacuums…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Jamie Cee Lurtis. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘They are pretty clever things, aren’t they?’ ‘Eh?…’ ‘I see you have a vacuum flask with you today.’ ‘Oh, yes, very handy…’ ‘I once heard someone say … Continue reading

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Stella wears fluorescent…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: haughty, scutellate, hircine, suffruticose, excurrent, byssaceous, and rumbling. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ship of Fools. 1990. Charcoal and pencil on paper, probably about 24″ by 18″ ‘Hello! Who’s that?’ ‘Hoy…’ ‘What do you mean, … Continue reading

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What kind of van was it?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the dark: ‘If you don’t stop crying,’ said Albinus, ‘I shall begin to cry myself.’ Margo sat up and smiled plaintively. Tears only added to her … Continue reading

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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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