Second Thoughts

Image showing a writing book and a quill

A young man with three-day-old stubble,
Found the boil of his ass giving trouble,
When the surgeon advanced,
With his twelve–inch-long lance,
Man retreated like shit off a shovel.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

13 thoughts on “Second Thoughts”

        1. I have to think twice sometimes when I use phrases which are well known in the UK, because they might not be known elsewhere. Do you guys have plonk? As in, cheap, nothing wine? Not used so much any more but still exists. I used that once and none of the Americans had a clue.
          But I figure “shit off a shovel” is guessable.

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          1. Lol. Yes, I am familiar with “plonk”. But there are other terms Brits use that I don’t know. You and Hobbo and Ingrid sometimes have exchanges that leave me guessing. Some of that is more broadly cultural than just language differences.

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            1. I’m starting to discover that with Americans, and it’s tricky.
              It’s not so must that they use different words, because it’s easy to swap tap for faucet.
              But it’s where they use the same word, but they actually mean something slightly different by it. Because that’s much harder to spot.

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