The horror!

With all the discussion around the word of the year (C8), Ron Wessel of Mount St Thomas wants to “submit a nomination for the abused word of the year: influencer. These people are paid to spout products and therefore they are advertisers in my opinion. I see them as the weird love child of Joe the Gadget Man and Joyce Mayne.”

Balmain’s Donna Wiemann recently received “a meme suggesting the years 2020, 2021 and 2022 were like a horror movie based on a Stephen King book, directed by Quentin Tarantino and featuring a soundtrack by Yoko Ono. The only thing missing was a title. Thoughts?”

Last Friday, a month after Christmas, Mike Fogarty of Weston (ACT) saw it. “A young woman wore a Christmas tree hat on her head. A timely reminder to never wear a hat that has more character than you.”

Kogarah’s Leo Corbin is annoyed. “I only knew nectarines as ‘nectruns’, but now they are called ‘nectareens’, even on the ABC. It’s just another example of the relentless Americanization of Australian English. I recently even heard someone on Radio National pronounce buoy as booy.”

“Greg Oehm may argue that Thor Heyerdahl (C8) is the solution to any tricky Trivial Pursuit question, but I have good authority that in any debate, if you mention Hitler, you have lost the argument,” writes Derrick Mason of Boorowa.

Adding to the optics, Angus McLeod of Cremorne, “CR-39 (C8) is certainly easier to say than its official name: 2-(2-prop-2-enoxycarbonyloxyethoxy)ethylprop-2-enyl carbonate.”

One who was pleased to see Bull, Son & Schmidt (C8) still going strong was Elizabeth Bay’s Paulette Grady Hay. “As a 16-year-old, in 1956, my first job was as a junior typist at Bull, Son & Schmidt in Martin Place. There was no Mr. Bull or Son, but my boss was Mr. Schmidt. Happy memories.”

Recently Wendy Crew from Lane Cove North got a call “asking if we were on the do not call register. So it looks like our recording has been deleted. Didn’t the caller see the irony?”

While Mosman’s Jack Dikian is “pretty sure The French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley, California has a penchant for ironing tablecloths (C8),” Lane Cove’s Colin Taylor-Evans enthuses. The iron maiden strikes again. I love those flat noodles!”

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