Utterly Useless Facts #2

(Iris Einstein does it again)

We all know that Crimmie is a logophile,—though logomaniac might better express it—yet she didn’t know these words and their meanings. (Duh!)

“To bleat with sexual desire.”

That’s got to be ‘bleat like a goat’.

“To give someone a thrashing.”

Is that the same as being marmaladed?

“Having only one buttock.”

You could say that’s a half-arsed idea!

“Someone who only works when the boss is watching.”

Yep, I’ve known a few.

“An intense flurry of activity to meet a deadline.”

A specialty of the eye-servant.

“The pleasurable anticipation of success before any work has actually been done.”

We’re still with the eye-servant here.

A song that gets stuck in your head.

I’ve had an ear-worm these past few years.
One Way or Another‘ (I’m gonna getcha)
Reckon I’ve got her with my offering here!

Crimmie (aka Crimson of Crimsonprose) answers:

Iris isn’t so clever. She lifted the words and definitions from ‘1227 Facts to Blow Your Socks Off’, a publication spawned by the QI series on British TV (check it out on YouTube), which, if she could but remember it, was my Christmas present to her a couple of years back.

The song she mentions, ‘One Way or Another‘ was by Blondie, released in 1979, it wasn’t one of her highest charting hits reaching only 98 in UK. It did better in USA at 24, and Canada (wow) it peaked at number 7.

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6 Responses to Utterly Useless Facts #2

  1. Brian Bixby says:

    Blissoming is common among the Children of the New Revelation, especially during festivals, though they don’t know the word.

    I’d run into “hemipygic” some years ago, thanks to Voltaire’s “Candide.”

    One of the tunes I use to disrupt ear-worms is a catchy bit from a U.K. one-hit wonder, Sniff’n the Tears, “Driver’s Seat:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blrHHRWKygw


  2. yakinamac says:

    “Earworm” features in my ms – it’s a great word. And I think it comes from the German, Ohrwurm? Though I might be making that up.

    As an inveterate worker to deadlines, I can’t believe I’ve never come across “charette” before! I will be using it at every opportunity.


  3. Russell says:

    No list of words this good is utterly useless!


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