Bottoming & Bung

16 Jul
English: Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson on the G...

English: Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson on the Glee Live! In Concert! tour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apologies that I haven’t replied to your comments for days.  Our German visitors – who were lovely and, contrary to popular British opinion, proved that Germans do have a sense of humour – left yesterday and I collapsed on the couch in front of the TV, catching up with Glee (I’m up to date with ER).  It was rather poignant to watch what were probably Cory Monteith’s last scenes.

I have been reading your comments even if I haven’t had time to reply; and also your emails.  Please accept my apologies for not replying to those, either.  I was too tired to go near the computer yesterday, and I am about to go out just now, catching two buses to a sleep clinic in Manchester.  

Sadly, it doesn’t live up to the hype of its name: no sleeping for me; just an oxygen thingy for my finger, to determine whether I have sleep apnoea.  I will probably have to go back again tomorrow, as the NHS needs to hold on to its oxygen thingies for other sleep-problemed patients; so I may not get a chance to reply until Thursday.  I really am sorry. Or I would be, if I could stay awake long enough to care about social conventions.

One Thousand Years of German Humour with Henni...

One Thousand Years of German Humour with Henning Wehn and Otto Kuhn (Photo credit: dullhunk)

I have enjoyed your discussion of the meanings of ‘bottoming’ and ‘bung’.  I didn’t have a title for this post until I wrote that last line, so thank you once again, dear readers.

I can tell you now what bottoming and bung are not: they are not the named partners of a dodgy law firm.

Keep guessing; or tell me what you think their real meanings are – or are not.  

The funniest reply will receive an answer in the comments from me.  Can’t say fairer than that, can I?

No, really, I can’t: my temporary crown has given me a lisp.


14 Responses to “Bottoming & Bung”

  1. July 16, 2013 at 11:59 #

    Good luck with the sleep thingy. Your comment “named partners of a dodgy law firm.” reminded me of a real-life firm of lawyers in Glasgow: McClay, Murray and Spence, AKA Delay, worry and expense.


  2. Terry July 16, 2013 at 12:04 #

    good luck with the sleep deal. my brother had that done. when I looked at him after they had him all hooked up he looked like a pile of bung!!!! LOL


  3. Al July 16, 2013 at 13:01 #

    Real meanings:

    “Bottoming” – When the extra confectionery of a dessert (such as whipped cream) is added first instead of last. Ex: “Would you like a bottoming or a topping with that hot fudge sundae, m’am?”

    “Bung” – The act of bungee jumping. Ex: “Did you bung today, Joe?”


  4. Laurie Nichols July 16, 2013 at 13:13 #

    I had a sleep study done; I passed with flying colors which is good normally but not when you are in the midst of trying to figure out the whole exhaustion thing, if only it were as simple as excessive snoring, there is a solution for that- the hose. My cousin wears his and he feels great since they figured out his sleep apnea. I hope that everything goes well with yours and that you get the good night sleep that you need and deserve, sleep is a wonderful thing.
    In the States, bottoming out is an expression related to cars, when the undercarrriage hits the road and bung is a bunch of hooey. 🙂


  5. misswhiplash July 16, 2013 at 13:51 #

    I may be a bit behind the times with this bottoming and bung but I am still putting in my two happeth…Bottoming is an expression that belong to ship or boats and a bung is what goes in the hole in the bottom of the boat to let out excess water so you don’t sink


  6. Katharine Trauger July 16, 2013 at 14:07 #

    Bung, being so close in spelling to dung, and bottoming being so close to bottom, I’d really rather not discuss it!


  7. SchmidleysScribbling July 16, 2013 at 14:19 #

    Boats have bottoms and bung holes to let the water that inadvertantly enters out at the end of a journey. I imagine the German friends had some scatological explanation that I would rather not discuss. Hopefully it had nothing to do with your cooking. Dianne


  8. jmgoyder July 16, 2013 at 15:44 #

    I thought bung meant broken. Good luck with the sleep thing Tilly.


  9. slpmartin July 16, 2013 at 23:45 #

    Oh..don’t apologize…I’ve spent the last week in the mountains listening to music and did not notice that you hadn’t commented on my comments or poetry…well not until you mentioned it. 🙂


  10. Three Well Beings July 17, 2013 at 05:49 #

    If you’re not sleeping well, you need to rest your mind first. No apologies…just take care of yourself. I’m glad you enjoyed your company. We’ll know you’re feeling better when we see you’re commenting. 🙂


  11. Grannymar July 17, 2013 at 11:04 #

    ‘Bottoming out’ was a little like spring cleaning a room. A bung is a stopper for a cask or keg.

    I am still on holiday so visits are few and far between. I hope I am forgiven.


  12. kateshrewsday July 17, 2013 at 16:12 #

    All the best with that sleep clinic, Tilly!


  13. Sarah Bryson July 17, 2013 at 19:49 #

    I could give you a rather scatological answer….
    but that may not be appreciated.


  14. bluebee July 19, 2013 at 00:40 #

    Sweet dreams


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