Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The WikaBlog Strikes

The great Tim Worstall supplies, via his piece at Open Democracy, a new vernacular for the clichéd "hat tip":
"... a full-throated cheer with mass tossing of headgear and marching bands."
Marching Bands are duly despatched in the direction of Squander Two - give or take the tricky Northern Irish connotation - for his discovery on the WikaBlog of InkyCircus.

Looks like a good read.


Akaky said...

I suppose that it would be superfluous for me to point out that see no evil is cheating.

The Pedant-General in Ordinary said...


Yes, but I think we can forgive on the basis that the effect is rather tantalising.

And, judging by the look in her eyes, I dread to think what "Speak no Evil" would be saying if her mouth were not covered.

On a more substantive note, does the "mass tossing" apply to the marching bands as well?

I shall have to ask Tim...


Toodle Pip!

Akaky said...

The mass tossing of marching bands might be a little hard on the instruments, depending on which instrument we are talking about; piccolos would be damaged badly, whereas tubas and sousaphones would not get a scratch on them. This, however, is nothing compared to the spectacle of a marching band collectively tossing their cookies, which is an unedifying sight at best and, at worst, a sign that you should stay away from the hot dog stand today.

The Pedant-General in Ordinary said...

"Tossing their cookies"?

I can't find that one in here: you will have to explain that.

Perhaps by email: this is a family site.


Toodle Pip!

dearieme said...

Which reminds me: long ago towards the end of an academic dinner:-
"Shall we toast Professor Snooks?"
"No, we have neither a fire nor a fork."

Akaky said...

Tossing one's cookies refers to the action of reverse peristalsis, a somewhat unsightly condition that flu sufferers, drunks, and victims of ptomaine poisoning are prone to both figuratively and literally; in the latter state indoor plumbing is usually, although not always, involved. In this we find the origin of the synonym, 'praying to the porcelain god.'

inky circus said...

Just for the record, see no evil is double checking the camera's self timer. Which still, despite her best efforts, caught her out. And yes, speak no evil does have a potty mouth.

Thanks for the commendations. Here's to our new year's resolution numero uno: to prolifically post. Make that to post prolifically.