Parcels, Plants and Popinjays

It was a reasonable day at work. We didn’t have many parcels to do and the ones we had were easy to pack and went to simple addresses.

We had several customers and a sprinkling of phone calls plus a couple of late orders.

You couldn’t really ask for more.

Until early afternoon. I’d just spent half an hour loading details and photographs onto eBay when I pressed the wrong button and, as you’ve probably already guessed, wiped it all.

So I had to plod through it all again. It’s not a good feeling doing it twice. Unfortunately, and I really hate to admit this, my last act on Monday afternoon had been to wipe it off too. In other words, I ended up doing it three times.

There must be a way to stop losing my work like this, but I still can’t work out how to do it. I’m adding new pieces to old listings so it isn’t as straightforward as starting from scratch.

I don’t feel bad about making mistakes, but I do feel bad about making the same one several times.

Things became more light-hearted when I started answering comments. I noted, whilst doing this, that I had made a couple of typos when adding tags. Writing THree Little Birds isn’t particularly amusing, but mis-spelling foraging as faraging did bring a smile to my face.

Foraging is, as you know, collecting wild plants for food. Faraging, possibly derived from the name Farage, is a word just begging for a meaning. It has several if you check it up but they are all made up by people like me. Well, like me but without the sparkling wit…

Faraging should, I think, be a word that indicates the ability to build a career on a single issue and a dash of personality, but free of the taint of actual ability, a bit like a modern reality TV star, and I think we all know my view of them.

There is a Seventeenth Century quote which I used to use in my re-enactment days – “Loud voices and empty words. So quoth the popinjay.”

It could do with some rewriting, but I think it conveys the general idea.

I’m going to start using it in that context and see if it catches on.

If it does, and I become rich and famous as a result, it will be a prime example of faraging, and I will become a noted farager.

There are many examples of names being used this way – Boycott, Quisling and Adonis are other examples. These are known as eponyms, which I should have known really, as I have seen the word eponymous often enough. It’s strange how some things pass you by.


Streptocarpus grown from leaf cuttings

The photos are two of the four streptocarpus plants Julia has grown from leaf cuttings. She did it a few years ago to prove she could. As you can see, she succeeded.

24 thoughts on “Parcels, Plants and Popinjays

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      1. Clare Pooley

        It is an interesting one. The sculpture of Lady Adair, mentioned in the link, was done using a set of photographs and is therefore a mirror-image of her. Her jacket looks as though it’s buttoned up on the wrong side (the male way; buttons on the right and button-holes on the left).

      1. quercuscommunity

        Let’s see. “Boycott”, a sporting term relating to the ability to give a boring interview about a boring approach to a game of great beauty and subtlety, thereby setting many batting records and becoming universally disliked.

        Hm, I may need to make that snappier…

      2. quercuscommunity

        Tricky – Botham is so many things to so many people. A brearley (second non-sporting career), gooching (looking like a notably lugubrious undertaker) and gatting (like batting but using your face) may be easier to promote as new words.

  2. tootlepedal

    I like the idea of faraging. I see it as meaning ‘doing reckless things for which you don’t have to bear the consequences’, much like fly tipping and voting conservative.


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