Monday, 6 July 2009


Can any sin be worse than completing someone else's crossword puzzle? Nay. I did it today to help out my wife, while she bought postcards in the Avignon rain. 'Bird's feather?' 'Pinion.' Obvious. She didn't thank me. For a moment, I felt quite autocidal.

BTW: I've discovered that Sir Thomas Browne coined the term 'suicide' in 1635, though the OED wrongly dates it to 1651. Shall I e-mail the OED? Nay. They'd tell me that Al Alvarez had pointed it out to them in 1972, so bugger off. (So why haven't they still clarified their reference?)

Ho, I've found another OED mistake. It dates ‘fadoodle’ as appearing first in 1670 but a variant appears in Middleton’s The Roaring Girl (1611): ‘Trapdoor. “'Tis fadoodling: if it please you”’. Definitely worth an e-mail.

I love this ebook reader. What else is there to do than use it to confute the OED? While all the rain otherwise unemployed in Spain falls on Provence?

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