Monthly Archives: April 2013

Etymology and Sympathy

(The following blog contains colourful language.) Change places! It’s tea time. In Japan afternoon tea is not quite the same. Green tea and red bean tarts are agreeable, but are no replacement for Earl Grey and a scone. Therefore you can imagine my excitement whenever I go to Fortnum & Mason for a scandal broth […]

How to tell someone you hate them: The Language of Flowers

Spring has sprung and the flowers have awoken from a three month slumber. We all know what that means: carnage. Soon they will meet their demise, have their carcasses distributed among the living, and someone will probably rave about last year’s “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Whether you enjoyed her book or not […]

About 15 Rabbits Drunk

Mr. A: “Fancy a Don Revie?” Mr. B: “Yea, a cheeky salmon and trout at the rubber might be good… No time for a rabbit, though. I’ve got to be home to wait for the dog and bone.” (Translation: Mr. A: “Fancy, a beverage (bevvy -> Don Revie)?” Mr. B: “Yes, a cheeky stout (-> […]

Introduction

“Language is the dress of thought.” – Samuel Johnson … and every gentleman and lady who isn’t as loose as a rugby team’s attitude towards arse fondling knows that leaving the house dressed is vital. Perhaps you are a Scrabble aficionado who is titillated (yes… tit) to hear that the letters used to spell “mother-in-law” […]