While twatcock no doubt enriches the language, those whose opinions I value assure me that I'm still a cunt.
Cunt is so 2010. Twatcock is post-postmodern and new-newagey, perfect for the new decade, but such a mouthful (!). How about twock or twack, for those who prefer to swear in single syllables. Or for those who like the number of syllables in twatcock but would prefer to have their twat/cock/cunt and eat it, cunwatock or cutwock?
I realise this is all a bit after the horse, as it were, so I don't expect any prizes or anything. Personally, I'm fine with the mouthful.
Joe. Thank you for the nostalgia, and for the head-jingle that wouldn't leave ;) I hadn't realised I'd forgotten it, the jingle that taunted my childhood - why didn't I have a swing like that?
"I like aeroplane jelly, aeroplane jelly for me...!"
Not a good day for a head-jingle.
Thank you Islander. So was the RNZ piece on cashew nuts? That would explain why they're going cheap at the supermarket.
But all else is well on the nut front - provided you keep them in the fridge or eat them as soon as shell them?
It is fortunate for me that I eat most of my nuts in chocolate or cake where their freshness is preserved. But I do like a toasted almond or two.
I'm afraid neither my pantry or my fridge will easily adjust to refrigerated nuts. The fridge is conservation-friendly small (there are five of us), and the pantry is purpose-built; nuts in section 12b3. Not quite, but not so simple to change either. Another challenge for the new year.
I am looking out onto a wet Auckland morning (usually makes me write, the rain) and not looking forward - as I do look - to a funeral we're going to this afternoon. It hasn't rained in Auckland or anywhere north for a while, and it chooses today, the day of the funeral, to rain. Perhaps it's somehow fitting, the rain and tears intermingling to make a wet grief indeed. She died of a brain tumour, she was just fifty. She leaves behind three young adults, very much devoted. She was our neighbour.
Does anyone (dyan) know anything controversial about nuts? Anything that might challenge the standard view of nuts as a health food. There was something on RNZ recently, I believe. I didn't catch it.
They feature in so many delish cakes. Where would dessert be without the 'umble nut?
I sure hope they're still a health food.
Loved the Truman Capote story.
This. Nice finish: "As if I expected to see, rather like hearts, a lost pair of kites hurrying toward heaven." Almost too poignant.
I’ll be having quite a lot to do with 12 year-olds next year, more boys than girls, so all these suggestions are wonderful.
Cecelia. The Curious Incident of the Dog by Mark Haddon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Curious_Incident_of_the_Dog_in_the_Night-time
remains a favourite of my 12 yo son. Otherwise Jaws; there's no in-between with him.
and feed it brandy once a week for the whole year.
If only I were a Christmas cake!
But seriously, that's some dedication to the cause. I've never heard of this 'feeding' process with the brandy. Might try it on the present batch for next year, if there's any left - unlikely. Though something tells me that drip feed approach could cost me a lot of brandy ;)
Jacqui: No brandy, sadly. Port. I know! it's probably the worst thing, but that's all we had. That or creme de menthe. The cake tastes good. Good to very good (if I do say so...). But next time I'll get the brandy.
Tui: Excellent post. I've read the HP series to my children and tend to agree on its merits, though the polarisation of good and evil is a bit stock - IMHO.
Mind you, my favourite book as a teen was The Diary of Anne Frank. It still is a favourite book. More accurate depiction of good and bad in that, and some reassurance. Perhaps not the reassurance that monsters can be slain, but the triumph, or at least the resilience of the good.
Although I have code-switched to "tan square" in deference to the existing conversation, it's always been "caramel cake" in my sub-dialect. This sounds substantially more delicious, although does require the insider knowledge that cake qua cake is not actually involved.
Oh no! I like "tan square". It's uniquely frank. Tan is such an understated - and probably, underrated - colour. I've met a hundred caramel cakes and caramel slices, but only the one tan square. I say, keep the Kiwiana! Plus it's much more descriptive.