Sunday, 17 June 2012
A portmantophobe writes ...
Telegraph blogger Daniel Knowles gives us the benefit of his Danielknowledge:
What are you doing this Greekend? I'm planning on making my own Grexit to get away from Eurogeddon. I'm bored, you see, of all of these portmanteaus. I don't know if you've noticed, but the impending financial catastrophe in Europe is being greeted in the City with the sort of wit usually reserved for Oxford college bars after the Christmas dinner port round. And several gin and tonics. In fact, perhaps all of these analysts are just drunk. I don't know how else to explain this proliferation of awful combinations of words about what's happening in Europe. Just consider these:
Merkozy (thankfully now dead)
Acropaplypse, Acropolis Now, etc
And these are just the eurozone debt crisis themed ones; the rot goes much deeper. I've just seen somebody suggest we should start using the word "Twobbying" for lobbying on Twitter, while someone else referred nonchalantly to the "Bloggertariat". Here are a few I've seen recently that should all be banned too:
Camerkozy (as used by Ed Miliband about David Cameron's economic policy)
Camnesia (for David Cameron's forgetfulness)
This mashing-together of words is not funny, it's not particularly thoughtful, and it does nothing to make conversation any easier. In fact, it's just more evidence of the destruction of language with endless jargon that seems unavoidable throughout finance and politics. When a banker appears on the television and says "If Greece has to stop using the euro, it may cause panic", you know what it means. When he says "Grexit may cause significant downside risks as the Spanic spreads", you don't.
Enough of this portmantra.
Posted on 06/17/2012 8:52 AM by Mary Jackson
17 Jun 2012
If the states of the EU elect to double down on the crisis precipitated by an unwise monetary union by engaging in an even more foolish fiscal union or by selling trillions of Eurobonds to the Chinese, they would see the lamps of their sovereignty and freedoms slowly obnibblelated or sell their dignity on the cheap* and be subject to hectoring and meddling by the Polypragmongols.
We All Fallodown,
1st Discount Grey,
Genghis & Sylvia Khan-Kahn
& Their Little Polypragmongrel**
* can't quite fuse Parthenon and mess of porridge
** polypragmongrel-sorry; can no more defend this racist slur by observing that I have a half-Japanese nephew and half-Korean grand child than can an erstwhile NER writer by noting his Tiger Wife and burning bright children
Due to the success of Lebensraum for La Raza, the desuedudes of the US have fallen into dÃ©gringolade.
Driving While Intoxicated,
Pancho Drunko Villa,
Columbus, New Mexico.
Tags: Rolling, rolling on the Thames, Big Wheels, asleep at the wheel, keep on turning to fixing the problems of an aging population and "labor shortages" by importing hostiles in a fit of polymorpheus diversity, Sigmund Schaden Freud, Why England Slept, While England Slept, BHO, a meshugganah mischling who, though he has campaigned in all 57 states, still does not speak the Austrian language, Black Athena, the geographic orientation of Greek temples is right up my valley
18 Jun 2012
While on Crete we went from thaliarchrivals to almost thaliarchums.
- Major Patrick Leigh Fermor & General Heinrich Kreipe
Tags: Mount Soracte, Socrates mounts Plato, know thyself and know thy Horace, Hugh Fitzgerald, Hugh Jorgen, drang nach Jorgensen (Christine), sturm und drag, sturm und drang = strang fruit, Patrick "Paddy" Fermor, ht to MJ for knick knack Paddy whack, also see play whack a mole with the Cambridge Apostles and whack-a-Muslim, dis island, dis Crete, dis labyrinth, dis a maze-ing isle, ht to VN and HF for maze, daze, Dolores Haze, "Help, I can't get out," said agent Starling, Hannibal Lecter, Gannibal, Pushkin, drang nach Austen
18 Jun 2012
What about Fifty Shades of Greystoke by Meagh Barzun & Yew Mary Jane Jackson or Black Swan Down by Zeus?
The Dish of Mogadishu,
Tags: Black Hawk Down, White Swan, take me to your Leda, Black Swan, me so Horne-y, take me to your Lena, Traci Lords stars in Lord Gay Stroke, Humbert commits frottage ala portmantoe, on little cat feet, what a creep, fog + smoke = the portmanteau of smog, what can cat woman do? what can Katmandu? VN, Pale Fire, Chapman's homer on Carl Sandburg's sandlot, 50 Shades of Grey, Shade of John, By Zeus! Great Caesar's ghost! Cesar Romero's ghost, obscene scenes from Rosy Scenario'd Dawn of the Dead fingered by George Romero, any portmanteau in a strang (or durm), Barzun and the Apes battle Rilke's panther behind bars in Jardin des Plantes