Some Words

29 Oct
Rendezvous with John Hurt at Fnac des Ternes (...

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Bitch.  That’s what Plinky Prompts says I should write about today – my favourite word.  I love the sound of it, the way it bursts out of my mouth like an alien from John Hurt’s stomach.  Titch or itch or twitch; rich, witch, which; glitch/hitch/stitch – not even pitch, switch or ditch come close to the satisfying pop of the lips that saying bitch gives.

Sadly, I can’t use it; I’m a good girl.  I don’t swear: except at the Hub in an argument; but I defy anyone to live with the Hub and not swear at him.  It can’t be done.  Nor is it possible to avoid arguing with him in the first place.   We were squabbling the other day when Matt the Finisher was here and the Hub said to him, ‘Don’t get married, mate.’  To which I unfortunately replied, ‘Yeah,  do all women a favour.’  When he started crying I had to backpeddle quickly and explain that I meant men in general, not him in particular because I’m sure he is a very nice young man who can fix anything in the house and I bet he could catch mice; Barbara Cartland once said pinkly, ‘There’s simply no equality when it comes to mice.’  By this time the Hub was rolling in the aisle make him pay for it later and I gave a How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? shrug and retired to my kitchen.

Another favourite word is solipsism.  Also another one I can’t use, but this time because I can never remember its meaning, no matter how many times I look it up.

According to


1. Philosophy.  The theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
2. Extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one’s feelings, desires, etc,; egoistic self-absorption.

I’d say that describes every blogger on the planet.*  

*I know I don’t have to apologise for that one because the paucity of comments lately means that I can prove my readers don’t exist.**

**Except for slp and Viv, of course; thank you, dear readers.

The first time I came across the word solipsism, I wrote it on my A Level English folder, meaning to look it up later.  My tutor noticed it and said, ‘There’s a word.’  Then walked away and never mentioned it again.

Proving that sometimes it’s better to believe – to paraphrase The Sex Pistols – I am a solipsist.


Looking for a suitable photo, I came across this website:  I thought I was a nerd – I have seen every episode of every series of Star Trek, you know; more than once – but these people are something else.  You should take a look at the comments. 

It’s actually a pretty useful site.  I have never seen any of the Alien films and it gave me some interesting details, such as Hurt’s character’s name, and where he was at the moment of death: a sort of latter-day Kane and Table.***

***Pun. – noun.

1. A deliberate infliction of the wince factor on one’s faithful readers.  Punishable by desertion in droves, leading to the belief (correct) that only the self exists in one’s personal blogosphere.

7 Responses to “Some Words”

  1. slpmartin October 29, 2010 at 17:36 #

    Alien death scenes?…Oh my…you do have way too much time on your hands. 🙂


  2. Musings October 29, 2010 at 18:33 #

    I didn’t know the meaning to that word either and I don’t think I’ve seen it before. Alien death scenes. I’ll have to come back for this later. I have to go eat breakfast now.


  3. vivinfrance October 30, 2010 at 09:11 #

    I am weeping for your poor Finisher man. He must have thought you meant you thought he was ….. oh, you know what I mean. And it wasn’t so kind to poor Hub either! Tut tut.

    As for puns – I love ’em, was brought up on them, first Dad and Grandad and 26 years of Jock!


  4. vivinfrance October 30, 2010 at 09:14 #

    PS: Solipsism according to Chambers is the theory that holds that self-existence is the only certainty, otherwise described as absolute egoism, the extreme form of subjective idealism. According to Viv: I think, therefore I am. I can be certain of nothing else.


    • Tilly Bud October 31, 2010 at 14:09 #

      Sure you’re not a figment of some amoeba’s imagination?



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