Household cleaning products and their annoyances

Something that annoys me about household cleaning products is that they’re often not labelled ‘cleaners’. It’s usually ‘cleanser’. A one-letter difference that carries a world of advantage for sales. Though to my mind it shouldn’t. My problem is that ‘cleansing’ is also used as a euphemism for genocide. You know – ‘ethnic cleansing’. One of … More Household cleaning products and their annoyances

Ten instruments on which I’ve played ‘Louie Louie’

One of my favourite songs is Richard Berry’s ‘Louie Louie’. It’s such a dumbass number – a three chord riff, three-note ostinato bass, and lyrics that were reputedly subject to CIA investigation on the basis of subversive content. But that was because Berry’s vocals were so muffled nobody could understand them. The lyrics, audible in … More Ten instruments on which I’ve played ‘Louie Louie’

The obscure word of the week is nudiustertian

This week’s obscure English word is nudiustertian. It’s an obsolete term meaning ‘two days ago’. I’m not sure why it’s become obsolete – it seems pretty useful to me. You know. Q: ‘When did you make this sandwich?’, A: ‘Nudiustertian’, or Q: ‘How long have we been waiting for the bus?’, A: ‘Since nudiustertian.’ Your … More The obscure word of the week is nudiustertian