September 7th, 2019

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From King’s Firestarter:

1) Charlie's healing quickened, but still there were bad dreams and her appetite remained poor. She was what Norma Manders called "peckish."
2) "Norma, I wasn't laughin at you, and the child has got to get out sometime-"
"Don't you think I know that? I didn't say no, did I? That's just it! A growing child needs fresh air, exercise. Got to have those things if you're going to have any appetite, and she's-"
"Peckish, I know."
"Pale and peckish, that's right.

The only meaning of the word "peckish" I knew was the British "hungry" (Monty Python’s Cheese Shop starts with it). Here, it seems to mean the exact opposite.

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Ian Blackford: "The issue is that Boris Johnson is wanting to control this process..."

(at 23:00)

Yes, I know, spoken language, anything can happen, but still fascinating to hear want in the continuous (more so than I am loving it). Wonder whether northern British dialects are more receptive to this.

Another little beauty is at 20:45, where a collective noun is looking for a pronoun and a verb, and picks them from different numerical categories: "You said Labour will accept the referendum result, which it clearly haven’t".

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Today’s grabbings from papers.

1) This column from The Times this time is actually funny:

2) Still The Times. A small piece about how Siri is not taking the stance in the culture wars:

3) But it was the Guardian who started that news and who was more appalled by Siri’s coyness:

I am quite surprised actually that a digital assistant is not configurable to the extent that you could have a feminist assistant, or a conservative assistant, or a muslim assistant, or a gay assistant, or any combination of such, should you so prefer.

4) A Guardian story about France that reads just as if it were written about the Russian anemic culture and its functionaries:

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By the way, BBC 4 extra has (once again, bless them) started re-running I am sorry, I'll read that again. The very first episode, containing some jokes that actually do contain the phrase "I am sorry, I’ll read that again", will be available for twenty-something more days.