Jack o’lantern

jack o'lantern

jack o'lantern

I made a Jack o’lantern.

I must remember that flames are hot and that when it travels most of the way up the match, it’s time to blow it out.

Usually, when the kids come round doing trick-or-treat, we ignore them and hope they go away, or we go out to the pub.  This year, I bought some lollipops to give out.  I actually found it much better to give them stuff rather than just ignore them because you don’t have to hide in your own house!

The first lot were the best – a group of little witches.  They asked something about did I have some fish.  I didn’t really catch what they said and I have no idea what they were talking about.  Must be the latest fad; any ideas?

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Word of the moment: alcohology


The study of alcohol. Alcohology encompasses wine tasting, measuring concentration of ethanol in liquid mixtures etc.. Etymology: a corruption of archaeology, possibly a freudian slip. Coined by an archaeology student at Durham University (if I remember rightly. I was in the pub when I learned this word).

An alcohologist is not necessarily an alcoholic.

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Word of the moment: dusk, v

I thought I was making up dusk as a verb in my wedding anniversary post, but I thought I’d better check with the OED because it seemed unfair that dawn should have a verb, but there be no analogous verb for dusk. Turns out all is indeed fair in the world, because there is such a verb:

dusk, v

1. intr. To become dusk or dim; to grow dark.
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