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 thoughts on “BON MOTS AND POWER FAILURES

  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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…

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