New words for old desires

It’s just various lists today and that is all. I like lists very much, I have been making and collecting them for many years; my paper notebooks, the most important ones, are full of them. I think they’re eloquent and shapely, suggestive, intent, expansive, neat. I like lists of songs, lists of names, lists of places. I think they’re my favourite pages on wikipedia, the ones that just list hundreds of names or words… they’re just so full of potentialList of Fanta flavoursList of misquotationsList of fictitious Jews. There’s a list of lists! Joy! Be still, my beating heart!
I especially like indices, and contents pages too. But I even like shopping lists, sometimes, or menus, or when people make those food diary/calorie intake things; there’s poetry there, I’m sure of it, freeform and grinning up at us. Teriyaki chicken salad sandwich. Blackcurrant-banana-orange-juice smoothie. Piece of bread with chocolate spread. Green milk. I grow old… I grow old… I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. Gertrude Stein understood this before I did. I don’t know what to think about Gertrude Stein, I suppose I like to think she and I are alike in some ways and not in others. Alice B. Toklas, more, maybe; she liked hats too. I’d like to read her book very much, it’s called What Is Remembered which is a very good title. It sounds rather sad. Anyway.
Entries on the ‘Missed Connections’ page on Edinburgh Gumtree: I love those things. I habitually read them for other cities, not because I or anyone I know would be in there, just because they’re nice. I love it when people look, notice, react, I suppose. It’s proof of that.
So, yes, as I was saying, Entries on the ‘Missed Connections’ page on Edinburgh Gumtree
Lynette
(West Lothian)

i always miss
(edinburgh)

Bryan Temple
(Leith Trinity Newhaven)

Livingston, you got petrol at Morrisons Petrol Station, and smiled at me.
(Livingston)

angry number 10 girl
(a princes street bus stop)

girl in the green car
(jewel)

Laura Scott
(Leith)

The girl who is not a librarian
(edinburgh somewhere)

London Kings X-North Berwick-Edinburgh Waverly
(Edinburgh)

debbie cemetery
(edinburgh)

Need to find Ryan
(Edinburgh)

Import prohibitions and restrictions that the New Zealand Customs Service enforces at the border (I had to look it up for work, so that shows how long I’ve had this beast tucked away for)
Amosite, chrysotile, and crocidolite asbestos in their fibrous forms
Animals, plants, birds, bees, dairy and plant products, and so on
Antarctic toothfish, Patagonian toothfish
Anti-personnel mines
Books, magazines, video recordings, films, computer disks, sound recordings, and so on that are objectionable within the meaning of the Films Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993
Bulk importations of the following controlled (ozone depleting) substances:
CFCs 11, 12, 13, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216 and 217
A range of HCFCs and HBFCs; Halons 1211, 1301 and 2402; Methyl Chloroform; Carbon Tetrachloride; Methyl Bromide
Cannabis utensils, such as bongs, hash pipes, hookahs (also known as arguileh, hubble bubble, shisha, sheesha, Turkish, or water pipes) and certain roach clips
Chemical weapons and a range of chemicals that may be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons
Chewing tobacco imported for sale that is labelled or otherwise described as suitable for chewing or for any other oral use (other than smoking)
Children’s nightware, children’s toys, certain pistol crossbows, cots, pedal bicycles, candles containing lead in their wicks, candle wicks, candle wicks containing lead, baby walkers and so on
Cigarette lighters:
All disposable lighters
Refillable cigarette lighters with a Customs value of less than $3.50
Cloned and hybrid human embryos
Controlled drugs, such as, Cocaine, Cannabis and so on
Dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, supermarket display cases, heat pumps, and water coolers that contain any CFCs
Diamonds originating from Liberia
Diamonds originating from Sierra Leone
Dogs and their semen and embryos.
Dry cleaning machines that contain or are designed to use any controlled (ozone depleting) substances
Endangered, threatened and exploited species
Explosives, including fireworks, detonators, gunpowder, smokeless powders, TNT, propellants, igniters, safety fuses, flares, model rocket engines, bombs, grenades, torpedoes, mines, missiles and similar munitions of war that contain an explosive charge, etc
Fire extinguishers containing or designed to use any controlled (ozone depleting) substances Note: This includes a permanently installed drench system in a ship, aircraft or motor vehicle
Firearms, parts of firearms and restricted weapons (e.g. mace, pepper sprays, stun guns, mines, grenades and certain airguns)
Food and tableware
Food – every article whose sale in New Zealand would be an offence against the Food Act 1981 or the Food Regulations 1984
Goods bearing a label etc. which contains a false or misleading representation, such as to their country of origin, quality and so on
Hair or bristle from animals including goods which incorporate hair or bristle
Hazardous substances including explosives, certain toxic substances and pesticides
Hazardous wastes
Infringing trade marks
Iran — import of Nuclear weapon, missile, or enrichment-related goods
Iraqi cultural property i.e. items of archaeological, historical, cultural, rare scientific, and religious importance illegally removed from the Iraq National Museum and other locations in Iraq
Knives having a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button spring or other device in or attached to the handle of the knife – sometimes known as “flick knife” or “flick gun”.
Any knife having a blade that is released from the handle or sheath by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force, and when released is locked in place by means of a button, spring, lever, or other device – sometimes known as a “gravity knife” or “butterfly knife”.
With the exception of any folding pocket knives with a blade less than 10cm in length, any knife that-
(a) Is designated for ease of concealment on the person; or
(b) Has a double-edged blade that is designed or suitable for stabbing or throwing (as opposed to cutting)
(c) Is a knife of the kinds known as “urban Skinner”, “terminator”, “black eagle”, “black dagger”, or “throwing knife”.
Bayonets
Knuckle dusters, knives incorporating knuckle dusters, sword sticks, and any weapon disguised to give the appearance of another article
Korea – Democratic People’s Republic of (North Korea)
Military equipment, weapons of mass destruction ballistic-related goods and luxury goods
Marine mammals e.g., seals, whales, dolphins and porpoises and parts of marine mammals
Methamphetamine pipes
Money – false and counterfeit
Motor vehicles with an odometer reading which does not correctly record the distance the vehicle has been driven; motor vehicles imported without an odometer
PCBs and crayons
Pesticides
Pirated copyright goods
Plastic foams manufactured using any CFCs [extruded polystyrene foam; thermoformed plastic packaging (including, without limiting the generality of that term, supermarket meat and produce trays, egg cartons, fast food containers, disposable plates, disposable cups, horticultural packaging trays and packaging netting)]
Prescription medicines
Prison Goods – goods manufactured or produced using prison labour
Radioactive substances
Refrigerators, freezers and other goods that contain ozone depleting substances when imported from countries that are not members of the Montreal Protocol
Rough diamonds
Rubber hot water bottles
Trout and trout products
Tyres

I could swear someone just put ‘trout’ in there for a laugh. As I may have mentioned, D and I have long believed ‘trout’ (and, for that matter, ‘sprout’) to be an inherently funny word; we think it’s the diphthong. I should give him credit for this discovery, really. He adds ‘brown’, drawling out the sound like this ‘brow-ow-ow-owwwwwn’. Or, he would if he were here. He’s in Leeds for a few days.

Words ending in -gry, abridged; clusters, parts of a larger list that especially appealed
euer-angry
ever-angry
fenegry (see “fenugreek”)
fire-angry
Gagry — cf. Novyye Gagry
Garrynagry
girl-hungry

half-angry
hangry
heart-angry
heart-hungry
higry pigry
hogry
hogrymogry
hongry
hound-hungry (see “hound”)
houngry (see “minx”)
huggrymuggry

self-angry
selfe-angry
Semibugry
sensation-hungry (see “sensation”)
sex-angry (see “sex”)
sex-hungry

tear-angry
th’angry (see “shot-free”)
tike-hungry
tingry (see “parquet”)
toggry [Simmonds (as “Toggry”; but all entries are capitalized)]
Tugry — cf. Bol’shiye Tugry, Malyye Tugry
ugry
ulgry — modern form of Vlgrie (word form not actually found, but the existence of which is inferred), an animal (not specifically identified): “a coat made of ulgry’s hair….” [Partridge/1 (as “ulgry”); Scheetz (as “ulgry” and “Vlgrie”); Smith:24-25 (as “Vlgrie” and “Vlgries”)]
unangry

A very small part of Patron Saints listed by topic
childbirth
childhood diseases
childhood illnesses
childhood intestinal diseases
childless people
children
children, adopted
children, autistic
children, backward
children, convulsive
children, death of
children, disappointing
children late learning to walk
children learning to speak
children learning to talk
children learning to walk
children, male (to have)
children, sick
children, stammering
children of Mary
children’s choir
children’s nurses
children, teenaged
children unborn
children whose parents were not married

Something about ‘children, death of’ being followed by ‘children, disappointing’ just makes that so unspeakably poignant. Disappointing. I’m not sure I know which is worse, for the child at least.

and this last list is definitely my favourite for the moment:

Common names of British moths according to an amazing book I bought in the narrow little shop on Victoria Street with A; it’s from 1938, A Pocket-Book of British Butterflies Moths & Other Winged Insects, and it has red-pencil scribbles on it drawn by some child (who is probably older than me, now, I guess) and the one on the front cover is I think possibly supposed to be two people but kind of looks like a comedy knob, in profile, which is obviously a plus. In fact I’m pretty sure the scribbles sold me on it; I earned that £4! But yes I’m very glad I bought it because otherwise I would perhaps have never known these.

Common names of British moths

Satyr Pug Maiden’s Blush Grass Rivulet Pale Brindle Beauty
Burnished Brass Quaker Marbled Coronet Burnet Companion
Mullein Shark Angle-shades Scarce Marveil-du-jour The Snout
Green Oak Bell Northern Spinach Early Thorn Ribbon Wave
Feathered Gothic Heart and Dart Flame Shoulder Anomalous
Hebrew Character True Lover’s Knot Dark Arches Smoky Wainscot
Iron Prominent Pebble Hook-tip Ruby Tiger Drinker
Clouded Pearl Scorched Carpet July High-flyer The Sweep
Currant Clearwing Vapourer Four-spotted Footman Ghost

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