A Word In Your Ear

16 Oct

Time for some nonsense, I think.  This post was first published in a scruffier form back in 2010.

Cover of "Alien (The Director's Cut)"

Cover of Alien (The Director’s Cut)

Bitch.  That’s 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; pitch, switch or ditch: none of these come close to the satisfying pop of the lips that comes with saying bitch.

Sadly, I can’t ever use it; 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 one day when a workman 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 the workman started crying I had to backpeddle and explain that I was aiming my remark at 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.’  She’s not wrong.

By this time the Hub was rocking with laughter and declaring himself the winner. I swore.

Philosophy: Who Needs It

Philosophy: Who Needs It (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another favourite word is solipsism.  Also another one I can’t use, but this time because, for some weird reason, my brain just doesn’t work that way.  I can never remember its meaning, no matter how many times I look it up.

According to Dictionary.com:


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.
3.  Blogger.

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, ‘Solipsism.  Now there’s a word.’

Then he walked away and never mentioned it again.  Proving that sometimes it’s better to believe – to paraphrase The Sex Pistols – I am a solipsist.

Waterford Cathedral facade

Waterford Cathedral facade (Photo credit: Fergal of Claddagh).  This photo was thrown up by Zemanta when I searched ‘John Hurt Alien’.  I think there’s a bug in the system.

Looking for a suitable photo to illustrate this post, I came across the website Movie Deaths.

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. They review movie deaths.  

Here is the tummy alien I mentioned earlier:

[T]he baby alien bursts out of Kane’s stomach like a gruesome jack-in-the-box…As the crew watches in utter shock, the alien looks at them, and runs off.

As you do.  

  • Implant yourself in John Hurt’s body.  Check.  
  • Wait a while.  Check.  
  • Exit in the messiest way.  Check.  
  • Look for Mummy – bunch of weird strangers – no Mummy.  That’s a bitch.  
  • Better run away.  Check.

And you should take a look at the comments…

Dr Death:  I actually wrote a paper about this at college. Maybe I still have it…

Jonny:  not the most honest rendition of the alien bursting out of kanes chest. I have been watching this movie for like the last two weeks over and over again

Mr Biggs Inc:  How about sex? not SEX sex, but the face-hugger did get Kane pregnant after all.

There’s always one.  

And all of his mates.  Wonder if they’ll review the replay of the moment I kill the Hub for always being right in  the True Life movie of our story?

Whoops!  Sorry, didn’t mean to spoil the ending for you.  I hate spoilers.  A certain sister-in-law once told me the ending of a 1980s’ mini-series:


‘Let me just tell you this…’

‘…No, I don’t want to know…’

‘…Yes, but she dies.’


Another sister-in-law told me who copped it in Titanic.

Come to think of it, maybe it’s not spoilers I don’t like, but sisters-in-law.

Actually, Movie Deaths is 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.


25 Responses to “A Word In Your Ear”

  1. jmgoyder October 16, 2012 at 09:52 #

    I love that word solipsism – ha!
    And yes I guess blogging is somewhat solipsistic!


  2. Ron. October 16, 2012 at 10:18 #

    Oh Tilly, you do go on.
    Please, do go on.


  3. vivinfrance October 16, 2012 at 11:43 #

    A lovely ramble. Pity about the backpeddle – think bicycle.

    I never knew the meaning of sollipsism – like you, I love words for the physical sound and how they feel in the mouth. The word I can never remember the meaning of is “meta”


  4. katharinetrauger October 16, 2012 at 13:19 #

    The Aliens, on a scale of one to ten for horror, for sheer fright, is about a 14. Even with a spoiler or two or ten, I never could fully watch it. Too much adrenaline gives me a migraine. Now THERE’S y’ some wince factor.

    Oh, and my favorite word is syzygy. Just too cool. Not brainy enough to get what it means, even after I look it up. 😉

    Moi. ❤


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife October 19, 2012 at 18:54 #

      I have to know what it means!

      Syzygy ( /ˈsɪzɨdʒi/) may refer to:

      Contents [hide]
      1 Writing
      2 Fiction
      3 Music
      4 Philosophy
      5 Companies
      6 Science
      7 See also

      Syzygy (poetry), the combination of two metrical feet into a single unit
      Epirrhematic syzygy: a system of symmetrically corresponding verse forms in Greek Old Comedy, see Aristophanes#Dramatic structure

      Syzygy (The X-Files), an episode of The X-Files
      Syzygy Darklock, a fictional character in the comic book series Dreadstar

      Syzygy, an Italian duo, composed by Pietro Rosso (keyboards and electro sounds) and Carlo A. Menon (titanium bass)
      Syzygys, a Japanese band
      Syzygy, an alternative electronica music duo featuring Dominic Glynn
      “Syzygy”, a track from the album Michael Brecker

      A concept in the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyov
      A term used by Carl Jung to mean a union of opposites
      Syzygy (Gnosticism), male-female pairings of the emanations known as aeons

      Syzygy, the first company founded by Nolan Bushnell

      An anatomical feature of crinoids
      In biology, the pairing of chromosomes in meiosis
      Syzygy (astronomy), a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies
      Syzygy (mathematics), a relation between the generators of a module
      [edit]See also

      Caledonian Antisyzygy, a term referring to the Scottish psyche and literature

      From Wikipedia 🙂


      • katharinetrauger October 20, 2012 at 05:02 #

        Hmm. Never thought to look it up on wikipedia. Shucks.
        I was in Webster’s and was trying to grasp the astronomical meaning, and got lost, metally, on just the facts, ma’am. 😉


  5. mairedubhtx October 16, 2012 at 13:23 #

    I have to admit–this was one of your posts that I did not understand AT ALL. I must be terribly dense. Or half asleep.


  6. laurieanichols October 16, 2012 at 13:30 #

    The poor workman, naughty Hub, irreplaceable Tilly. I’m glad you are feeling better!! Solipsism, a polite way of referring to Ayn Rand and her philosophy. The word bitch has become so used here that it barely registers as a swear word.


  7. bluebee October 16, 2012 at 15:22 #

    Do you really have a head cold, or are you doing that solipsistic reading thing that you do?


  8. Pseu October 16, 2012 at 17:47 #

    I too like the way words roll off the tongue….

    I remember learning, on my first ward placement as a student nurse, that the removal of all a woman’s reproductive organs was called a ‘total hysterectomy, and bi-lateral, saplingo-oopherectomy’ – and was so pleased with the way it rolled off the tongue. Don’t have call to use the phrase much though these days.

    It took me a while to find out what a strapedectomy really was though: a word in YOUR ear: it’s not what it sounds like.



  9. viveka October 16, 2012 at 19:23 #

    Me a poor Swede – didn’t understand much of this post, but that’s okay. It seems like it was the hit with others. Absolutely amazing how you can play with words – you’re a superstar in my book.


  10. benzeknees October 16, 2012 at 19:54 #

    I love horror books but hate horror movies. In horror books, I can interpret exactly how scary I am willing to let the monster be in my mind. In horror movies, someone else interprets how scary the monster should be & then adds in background scary music & light effects. So I have not seen anything you are referring to here.


  11. SchmidleysScribbling October 16, 2012 at 20:43 #

    I call my little girl dog a bitch every day. She picks on the older dog. Bitch. As for solipsim its easy to remember the definition if you think of the sol which is the Latin for ‘sun’ and the only big thing in the sky. Well until they found that diamond in the sky, that is. Dianne


  12. eof737 October 17, 2012 at 04:27 #

    Where do you find this stuff..? a rhetorical question. 😆


  13. Grannymar October 18, 2012 at 20:13 #

    Solipsism is a new one for me too. I am off to write it out 100 times so that I might remember it.


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