I learnt of a new "word" today:

testiculate: to talk bollocks.

I like it, and it has much use in my line of work.

A nice pair of adjectives

A couple of new adjectives learnt from Andy last night.

Prolix means tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length. And captious means tending to find and call attention to faults. I hope I can’t be described as prolix, but I’m certainly captious.


Polymath: a person of great and varied learning.

Just used in reference to Stephen Fry in celebration of his 50th birthday. Lovely word.


Apparently, bathtime isn’t a word. It’s either hyphenated or treated as two separate words. Anyway, I’m making it a word. Similar to my use of eleven and twelve mid-sentence. (Incidentally, I’ve used the word eleven in 22 posts to date (make that 23) and twelve in 25 (26). They come up quite regularly.)

Anyway, just a short post to say that I love bathtime, as does my daughter. She’s not reached the try to get as much water out of the bath as possible phase yet, but nonetheless, she seems to personify happiness and contentedness. Which in turn makes me very happy.

Nice word: panoply

panoply: a complete and impressive array.

Fabulous collectibles

A couple of words that have caught my eye of late.

First, I used the word fabulous recently. I loved the idea that it could be construed as meaning of or relating to fables. It inspires a much greater feeling than its regular meaning of really good.

And today, I passed a charity shop that was advertising its sale of collectibles. (It was spelt collectables but I don’t like that version.) Surely technically, everything falls into this category. Everything, that is, of which there are two or more in existence. Collecting one-offs would be somewhat challenging, and arguably futile.


Lovely word, meaning the surround of a door. Worthy for both its combination of letters and its beautiful pronunciation.


Enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others. Highlighted by Mr. Bond today.


It’s a word I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard before. I heard it for the first time on Thursday (from my boss’s boss), and read it for the first time today on the BBC’s Editors’ blog.

Diaspora: the dispersion of Jews outside of Israel from the sixth century B.C., when they were exiled to Babylonia, until the present time.


Generally regarded as such; supposed. E.g. the child’s putative father.