BON MOTS AND POWER FAILURES

lingua franca noun (lingua francas) 1 a language, or often a simplified form of it, that has been chosen as a means of communication amongst the speakers of different languages. 2 any hybrid language that has been chosen as a means of communication amongst the speakers of different languages. 3 usually with reference to music and the arts: any system or set of conventions that are readily and easily understood • the lingua franca • of ballet. 4 historical a form of Italian with a mixture of French, Spanish, Greek and Arabic words, used in the eastern part of the Mediterranean to make trading easier.
ETYMOLOGY: 17c: Italian lingua franca Frankish language.
Nancy Mitford was fond of flinging French phrases about  liberally in her writing and held condescendingly that if the reader did not understand French, then … tough patootie! That was about a half-century ago and I wonder what she would make of our conversations in 2011. Would she buy an ersatz fromage to top her al dente penne? Would she blog to dish the dirt on the latest celeb caught in flagrante delicto or Bluetooth her pics to her PC?

This new international language was what occupied my mind last night. I was in the company of a cross family in a dark, silent  house; it appears that the email I subscribe to does not give accurate forecasts of Eskom’s power outages. I locked myself in the bathroom with candles, the wireless and a 2006 Alexanderfontein Merlot, a gift from My Pal Sal. (Thank you so much!)

I later made unfortunate in vino veritas commitments on the telephone, which impact on my lunchtime activities today, so I must get my work quota done pronto this morning; work is coming at me from all sides, I am grateful, albeit a bit anxious.

The bon mot for today comes, as it so often does, from my beloved Mr. Crisp:
Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne”.

ps: A very big congratulations to my friend Mid-Thirty Misfit for landing the job she wanted so badly. Cheers, Kiddo, things are just going to get better and better from now on. I’m rooting for you; you’re the berries!

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46 Comments Add yours

  1. James says:

    Ah…a bit of Quentin Crisp to see me off to bed, although not literally of course. The neighbours would talk.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed they would 😉 Sleep tight, James.

  2. Mmmmm… that’s strange, we had power all night!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It happens often at night at the same time, I am beginning to suspect it is a fault on our 3-phase and is caused my something in my MIL’s cottage.

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    Lovely quote from Mr Crisp!

    1. theonlycin says:

      He never fails to deliver 🙂

  4. souldipper says:

    Power outages can do strange things to people! Glad you know how to survive with great aplomb.

    Good on you for scooping some more work. A woman of means must have outlets for self-expression! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m having a very lucky year so far 🙂

  5. nrhatch says:

    The bon mot for today comes, as it so often does, from my beloved Mr. Crisp:

    “Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne”.

    Love it! Thanks, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, Nancy, sleep well 🙂

  6. Crisp words, softened to euphamisms

    It’s so good about the job.

    Enjoy the lunchtime shenanigans 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Two jobs, tight deadlines. Eeeek! #midnightoil

  7. deepercolors says:

    I like the words you use. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Merci beaucoup 😉

  8. libraryscene says:

    A rather amusing visual of you tucked in the bathroom with candles and technology AND a nice Merlot!

  9. I haven’t heard the word “wireless” for ever – my great granny used to always retire to her bedroom to listen to the news on her wireless. 🙂
    Brilliant news on more work – well done and congratulations to Mid-Thirty Misfit.
    Have a happy weekend.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope your weekend is super too, Mandy! xxx

  10. leigh says:

    Eau revoir 🙂

  11. Madmom says:

    We have had a very iffy supply of lekkie the last three days.
    Glad to hear of the jobs coming in. Way to go, Cindy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Us too, Madmom, but see Leon’s comment; he lives one road away from me. Odd!

  12. buttercup600 says:

    Coming here creates a warmth inside that I’ve missed sooo much!! Vous êtes tout simplement incroyable ma très chère amie. Je vous envoie l’amour. oxo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bonjour, le cher ami 🙂 xxx

  13. Supa says:

    Bonjour, you ave been bloggered! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Me cee boo coop 😀

  14. Supa says:

    I vil say this only once!

  15. bandsmoke says:

    Aaah yes Mr Crisp, a fellow of eminent eloquence 😉 We have those hideous rechargeable lantern things for Eskomless days – practical but not very romantic! Congrats on the the work flood by the way – very pleased for you and it couldn’t be more deserved!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Wildie 😀

  16. The scary fact is that winter is on its way…. House is always so much colder without some light. Our problem is that everytime it rains, the whole area goes out. An electrician has to physically drive out and switch the switch back up. Crazy, crazy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eiash! You’d best get a generator, I hear a wet winter’s coming.

  17. Tandy says:

    That merlot sounds like the perfect drink to celebrate bath times, with candles! Hope you had a great day today 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      The day is going well, I have lost a lot of work hours, but will go flat-out over the weekend until you get here on Sunday 🙂

  18. granny1947 says:

    Love your escape plan…cross family members suck!

  19. What happened to “I switch my phone off when I pour the second glass” 😛

    Thanks very much for the mention. I am getting my official letter of appointment this afternoon 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s marvellous news 😀

  20. SuziCate says:

    “Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne”. _ fabulous! Happy weekend to you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And to you, SuziCate 🙂

  21. Power cuts are grim: Phil always goes outside and broods over a fire in the chimenea, boiling kettle after kettle of water to prove he is still master of all he surveys. Hope the power’s returned…

    1. theonlycin says:

      No further outages so far, thanks Kate 🙂

  22. slpmartin says:

    Just love the quote!

    1. theonlycin says:

      He always delivers 🙂

  23. Tilly Bud says:

    This was a really clever post. Loved it.

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