Wordwatch No 251
I've discovered a new 'ology.
In talking about David Blunkett's resignation, the BBC's Political Editor Nick Robinson spoke of the 'processology' of the resignation.
Is this a new coinage by Robinson today or have I just not noticed it before?
It's certainly not in the OED.
The online OED raised its middle finger to me, as it were, by offering me 'proctology'. I'll pass on that one, chaps, thank you.
A little later today, the BBC's Political Correspondent, James Landale, came out with this:"We still don't know when David Blunkett suddenly had that Damascus Road conversion, that apotheosis......
Could he have meant 'apocalyptic moment'?
I think I'm right in saying that Mr Landale was educated at Eton. So that was a waste of twenty grand a year.
Don't they teach Greek at Eton any more? Or English, for that matter?
Or was he too busy scoffing toast with Gentleman's Relish or spanking his fag to do his prep?
[Note to overseas readers: 'spanking your fag' is not the same as 'spanking your monkey'. And I don't think they have fags any more at Eton, i.e. younger boys acting as servants to older boys. I assume they still have fags in the American sense, otherwise there would be no point to public schools at all.]