Category Archives: Humour

Friend (verb) — Christmas 2017


Finding proof for the word friend as a verb (other than my SOED) was difficult, but thanks to Megan Garber an article that she wrote for The Atlantic settled this for me (and perhaps a few others). As Megan writes in her (brief) article ‘friend,’ as a Verb, Is 800 Years Old adding, its use as verb is not the construction of FaceBook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. I may add that one day a new verb ‘to zucker  may be added to the SOED and those falling prey to a social network scam can be said to have been ‘zuckered’. Read more of this post

The Boxing Day Hunt


The Boxing Day Hunt – Perfect Entertainment after Christmas Bingeing looked to be an interesting post on a one time favourite rural pastime. Written in 2012, it opening with:

One of the tedious things about being poor is that one can’t indulge in pastimes like hunting. But one can turn up, as a supporter, and soak up the atmosphere (and maybe a bit of the Port). It really is enormous fun. If you haven’t done it, why not try it this year, on Boxing Day? Read more of this post

Friend me now!


A recent incident prompted me to recount the following anecdote, one that I intended to post with the title The Diary Of A Silly Old Fart’. However, I immediately came upon a problem that I knew would jar with those who, like me, comprised the less erudite readership of the one time website My Telegraph. That is; the use of the words ‘friend and unfriend’ as verbs. Finding an apodictic verb usage was difficult but thanks to Megan Garber, an article that she wrote for The Atlantic settled this for me (and perhaps a few others). As Megan writes in her (brief) article ‘friend,’ as a Verb, Is 800 Years Old adding, its use as verb is not the construction of FaceBook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. One day a new verb ‘to zucker’ may be added to the SOED and those falling prey to a social network scam can be said to have been ‘zuckered’. Read more of this post

Lessons in Mandarin


Very occasionally as a Civil Servant I was required to provide a technical contribution to Parliamentary Questions (PQs), at a time when PQs really did allow Members of Parliament to hold the Government to account. The only role my contribution had to a PQ was to complement the response being prepared by a Mandarin. Anything that I may have written would have been lost in the revisions they underwent before reaching the likes of a Bernard Woolley or a Sir Humphrey Appelby. I was reminded of this when I revisited an old paper on Civil Service Mandarin. Read more of this post

A Private trip to a limerick


Very occasional I buy a copy of Private Eye, more often than not attracted by an amusing front cover, perhaps I should subscribe to it. Ahem; The Telegraph might have forced me to subscribe to it if it had made membership of its now defunct Blog Site (My Telegraph) conditional on doing so.  Read more of this post

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