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Guh. There's so many bugs going about just now (or so many instances of one particularly virulent one) that a hospital nearby had to deny entry to all but emergencies for a while because there were so many patients. It's particularly alarming because they're planning to close one of the other A&Es in the area, so things are only gonna get worse.

laerad has fallen victim to the bug in a fairly severe way, and I was over at his on Saturday. Now I have a fairly nasty tickly cough (since Monday) and the beginnings of a headache (just today). I also have PMT, mind you, so I may not feel as crap as I think I do. But I think I'm getting the bug, and most annoyingly, I've got leave starting tomorrow. Ugh. Ill on leave, that's never a good thing.

Anyway, I went out at lunchtime and now I have cough medicine, vitamins, fresh orange juice and lots of chocolate. This should work.

In other news, the Balderdash & Piffle word hunt is back! If you didn't see Balderdash & Piffle last year, it's basically a TV show where they try to track down earlier instances of words than the OED currently cites, and get them included in the OED.

- Did your mum call you a mucky pup before 1984? Did you hear a shaggy dog story before 1946?
- Were you called a plonker before 1966? Or a tosser before 1977?
- Did you have a domestic before 1963? Were you employing glamour models before 1981?
- Were you shuffling around in flip-flops before 1970 or staggering around on stilettos before 1959?
- Did you pole dance before 1992, go dogging before 1993 or spice things up with marital aids before 1976?
- Did you go bananas before 1968? What’s so daft about a brush?
- Were you given a bung before 1958? Did you receive a Glasgow kiss before 1987? Were you the victim of identity theft before 1991?

There *must* be a Glasgow kiss from before 1987. And I'm sure my mum called me a mucky pup when I was very little, too, but unfortunately I didn't tape record it.

Oh, and hurrah for the House of Lords, who chucked out a challenge on religious grounds to the laws forbidding discrimination against homosexuals. By 199 votes to 68, too.

'Labour's Lord Smith said: "I am somewhat puzzled by the arguments that have been advanced.

"It seems to me, in my simplistic way, that what they (the opponents of the regulations) are arguing for is quite simply the right to discriminate and the right to harass.

"And those arguments are being made in the name of Christianity." '

Oh! And I started on my new year's resolution - I picked up Carry On, Jeeves at the Oxfam bookshop, which was the only Wodehouse they had, but happens to be the very first Jeeves & Wooster book. Or at least the one set earliest. I need a list.

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burkesworks
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
Did your mum call you a mucky pup before 1984?

My mum was calling me a "mucky pup" a good twenty years before that. Not an uncommon expression around Sheffield.
miss_next
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Probably also in Sussex, where my mother originated; that epithet was frequently applied to my sisters, who were born in 1968.
bopeepsheep
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
There's a song that goes "ee, you are a mucky pup" somewhere in the refrain; I have no idea where it comes from but my nana used to sing it to me when I was very small (so 1970s)... I keep meaning to google and see if anyone else knows of it!
glamhag
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Ye gods, I hate that song! It was Cilla Black's favourite, apparently, and I've suffered her squawking it on TV... that should help your search.
pickwick
Jan. 10th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Google suggests that the official version was mucky kid. Even just looking at the lyrics and imagining them in Cilla's accent is making me squirm...
strange_complex
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'm glad to hear about the Lords debate. I was quite seriously worried for a while that the law would actually be overturned.

And for all manner of informative resources on Jeeves and Wooster, including lists of al the books, you can't do better than The Hat-Sharpening Shop. Its owner has recently announced that he's not updating it any more, but it's still an incredibly useful site, anyway.
pickwick
Jan. 10th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, it does look good! Cheers!
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pickwick
Jan. 10th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
The Hat-Sharpening Shop that strange_complex linked to has a chronology of the Jeeves books, and the wikipedia page here, has all of Wodehouse, although I can't vouch for their reliability! (It appears the book I bought is the fourth, or possibly the third, to feature J&W, although it depends on whether a Bertie in some early book is Wooster or not :D)
nyarbaggytep
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
My mum worked for OED before she retired. She has much bile stored up about the airing of that show without the extra hiring of staff at OED to answer the anormous quantity of correspondence it generated.
pickwick
Jan. 10th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh, eek. I think I assumed they got everyone to write to the BBC, who only forwarded the decent stuff.

Maybe they'll have to hire more people and I can get a job there...
nyarbaggytep
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
I can get a job there...
Reconsider! They're a rubbish employer!
I have a grudge though because they treated my mum badly.
They're probably no worse than the many other badly managed companies who don't value their staff or recognise that people have feelings and that actions/inactions have consequences...
pickwick
Jan. 16th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: I can get a job there...
*catches up*

I probably wouldn't anyway if I had to move to wherever they are (I'm guessing Oxford, but if I say that I'll be wrong...)

I think that's every company, unfortunately :S
londonkds
Jan. 10th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
I caught something like that just before Christmas and am still coughing.
pickwick
Jan. 10th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'd only got rid of my previous annoying cough about a week beforehand...
moonhot97
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
My mum certainly called me a mucky pup when I was a kid in the 70s, but again I haven't seen it in print...
moonhot97
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Could you please add

balderdash and piffle

to your interests, so I won't be all alone and it'll turn blue on my profile? Thanks *x*
pickwick
Jan. 10th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Ha, yes! Will do.
loveandgarbage
Jan. 10th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_books_by_P._G._Wodehouse#Chronological_list seems pretty accurate from Mrs LandG's Wodehouse collection. There is also a chronological list of books by series if you scroll down.

pickwick
Jan. 10th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Cheers! Bookmarked :)
arborophile
Jan. 11th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
I clearly remember being told off for calling my little nephew a Mucky Pup in 1978..had used it for years..but of course not the sort of thing you'd write down[same goes for Wassock!]
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