18 Feb

Looking for poetic inspiration, I’ve been trawling my old notebooks.  I found some fun stuff which I’d like to share; but don’t worry – there’s not a poem in sight.  Let me worry about that.

From 2008:

Alec the paperboy passed the house as I opened the door.  I waved to him.  

Spud, 12, to Alec: ‘I’m sorry about my Mum; she’s a weirdo.’


Some neologisms of mine (you may recognise a couple but I share them again in the hope of one day having an entry in the Oxford Dictionary):

  • Smail: newsy email.  Obsolete now I have a blog.
  • Techneptitude: technical ineptitude of the highest order (my special gift).  I got a published poem out of this one.
  • Suburbani: modern wage slaves.  Another poem, sadly unpublished, even though it has a pretty font.
  • Weepiknees: crying, with trembling legs.  I inadvertently predicted my Toby Tale with this one.


From The Sunday Telegraph supplement, Seven, 11/05/08:

Anxiety: fear in search of a cause.


A Re-run

I’m sure I’ve shared this before but I find it so amusing, I have to tell it again.

There was a South African politician called Ferdi Hartzenberg; and a South African newsreader who shall remain nameless.

Journalists had a nickname  for Mr H and this particular journalist once, live on television, accidentally used it: Herdi Farts ‘n’ Burps.


If you like your politicians mocked, head over to Edwina Currie Made Me Start This Blog, my newest blog.  You’ll find more from my old notebooks.


11 Responses to “Snippets”

  1. penpusherpen February 18, 2014 at 13:59 #

    Awww, you’d already taken a bite from t’apple, I wanted to do that… Smiles , huge ones here for the selection of neologisms which, I’m sure will be added to t’ Oxford Dictionary soon, they’re just slow in recognising winners when they see ’em xPenx


  2. Elaine - I used to be indecisive February 18, 2014 at 16:29 #

    I still suffer from techneptitude – such a great word! 🙂


  3. katharinetrauger February 18, 2014 at 16:31 #

    Intermittentnet: What you get where I live instead of Internet. 🙂


  4. slpmartin February 18, 2014 at 17:35 #

    Oh…I do love the “Intermittentnet”…my look what you engendered…maybe others will join in with new words and you can publish “A New Words Dictionary”. 🙂


  5. jatwood4 February 18, 2014 at 18:44 #

    Thanks for the giggles! 😎


  6. Rorybore February 18, 2014 at 19:10 #

    I think I have that laptop! Or, it could be Dora gummy fruit chews all over the front since my daughter was using it to watch Netflix.
    I would love love to hear what you would say about one Mr Rob Ford.
    the fodder could keep a blog going for months. seriously.
    On the other hand, I am oddly proud that Canada finally has a proper political scandal.


  7. laurieanichols February 18, 2014 at 22:38 #

    Isn’t it weird when behavior which used to be considered perfectly normal for the babies pre-adolescence, suddenly with a sprinkling of hormones becomes the world ending horror of horrors. I never got that.


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