Monthly Archives: September 2013

Unijambiste


President Obama wishing he hadn’t ordered cuisses de grenouille

Ever since, as a Guinea Pig obsessive, I learnt that the French word for Guinea Pig was Cochon d’Inde, I’ve realised everything sounds nicer – or at least posher – in French. Mind you, Meerschweinchen – the German equivalent – is pretty nice-sounding too.

Most food sounds better in French, obviously, which is why I always offer guests haricots blancs

Solutions

No longer do we have pet shops; we have ‘Pet Solutions’ or ‘Kitten Solutions’ or ‘Tortoise Solutions’.

No longer do we have fishmongers; we have ‘Haddock Solutions’ or ‘Shrimp Solutions’ or ‘Turbot Solutions’.

No longer do we have clothes stores; we have ‘Anorak Solutions’ or ‘Bobble Hat Solutions’ or ‘Lederhosen Solutions’ (‘Lederhosenl

Back Pain

Way back in August, I noticed a new outbreak of ‘back’ in the news. It’s been creeping in gradually, but it’s now getting critical and must be stopped.

Basically, news people have completely lost the ability to mention a date without preceding it with ‘back’ – ‘back’ in 2003, ‘back’ in 2006, even ‘back’ in 2011. And if it’s over decade, it’s often ‘way back’ – ‘way back’ in 2000.

It’s even more irritating than ‘under way’. Nothing ever ‘starts’ or ‘begins’ in the news. It ‘gets underway’.

I noticed that trend getting underway way back in 2002.

Thank you very much indeed for that. That’s it from me. Now the news where you are.