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All we like sheep: a meme, again. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
All we like sheep: a meme, again.


1. Gum chewing:  One may as well eat paint.  I quite like Americans, but not well enough to imitate them in this ghastly vulgarism.
2. Knife:  What?  Is there more than one way to – no, don’t tell me, I’d much rather not know.
3. Sport (not ‘sports’): Hunting, shooting, angling, beagling, polo, squash, cricket, rambling, real tennis, fives, the wall game, the field game, footer (under protest), golf; as a spectator: National Hunt racing, sailing.

4. Radio:  Radio 3, Radio 4, TMS, BBC Radio Wilts.
5. Hygiene:  Baths.  Often.  I’ve no objection in principle to showers, but, look here: you can’t read in the shower, the water goes in your drink, and it puts your cigar out.

6. Drink:  Real cider, real ale, real perry, burgundy, claret, port, sherry, Madeira, single malts (Islay), brandy.  And lashings of tea (gallons per day, upon my oath).

7. Restroom/napkin/couch: Bog or loo, napkin, sofa.

8. Room the sofa goes in:  Drawing room, notionally; the damned things tend to pop up everywhere, in my experience.

9. Groceries:  Fishmonger, butcher, greengrocer, fruiterer.  And the Abbey Stores.
10. Name:  GMW Wemyss: the ‘G’ is for a markedly old-fashioned Christian name, the rest are ancestral, and so it goes.
11. Socks:  Anything I damned well please, but of course mostly clocked, bird’s-eye, and herringbone.

12. Midday meal:  Luncheon, d’you mean?
13. Dogs:  Yes.  My grandfather bred champion spaniels; I’ve always had dogs (hound, gun, farm, and, for fun, dachshunds) – and always shall.
14. TV (that’s ‘telly’, damn it):  Won’t watch the damned thing, I’ve broadband for emergencies.
15. Holiday:  Don’t much care for going abroad, really.  Oh, Vienna, of course, and many a Frog vineyard, and the Hassler in Rome; but really, why go off to the Continent – all goats and garlic – when one could be at Lord’s, or the races, or at Cowes, or angling, or on  grouse moor?

16. School:  Public.
17. Asking for clarification: What?  Speak up, damn it.  What?  Don’t be an ass; talk sense, man.
18. Newspaper:  Torygraph, Times, Scotsman, Western Daily Press, Salisbury Journal; Spectator; various international papers and periodicals.

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shezan From: shezan Date: February 1st, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose I should have called them radio 4 & 3; it's what I say anyway...

We seem to like the same cities & hotels; you should believe me if I tell you there are more civilised places abroad than you pretend to think! (Ah my Hassler memories. Mmmmmmm, she said smugly.... oh, what a good thing you put me in mind of it. There's a pre-cruise three days in Rome this summer. Yes, that cruise. I've no idea where they'll have the group stay, but considering I'll be taken care of for the rest of the trip, I should treat meself to the Hassler, where I haven't been - or in Rome - since 1983, when I was covering the red Brigades trial at the Foro Italico.
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shezan From: shezan Date: February 2nd, 2009 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Guy stuff

Clocks are the designs on the ankles, usually woven into the material, yes? I don't know where the bird's eyes go or what they look like.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: February 2nd, 2009 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Guy stuff

Stockings have "clocks" to disguise the construction details involved in turning the heel. In places where socks and stockings evolved with other than the short-row turned heel, decoration goes up the back seam or at the knee.

Back in the spacious, gracious Sixties, when I was of an age to be all over these magazine quizzes (meme? Etymology, pls...) they were often reworked to British vs. American, urban vs. suburban, East Coast vs. West Coast, or coastal vs. middle-American. We used to use Briticisms like loo all spring because that was the Royal Ballet season. Balletomanes couldn't talk right until July, much as old soldiers very often speak with a generic sort of Southern drawl for years after they get out of the service. Some accents are virulently contagious.
lasayla From: lasayla Date: February 2nd, 2009 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Guy stuff

(meme? Etymology, pls...)

Shortened form of the Greek 'mimema', meaning 'to jump on a bandwagon'. So if you post a quiz in your journal, it's just a quiz. If the world and his wife see said quiz and post it in their own journals, then it becomes a meme.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: February 2nd, 2009 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)

There can be no folly in owning it.

I am indeed older than a boat. In my young days, you didn't post to your journal for anyone to read. You scribbled your entries, at night, under the covers, in code. Nobody was supposed to see it until you were dead, and then only if you had become famous.

I think I will continue to pronounce it the way you pronounce the answer to the question "Who wants chocolate?"
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