Saturday, 21 February 2015

Short, if not sweet, and far from picture-heavy

Be careful what you call things - my AOL news clips contain two articles today, one on 'The Torch' building in Dubai, and another about a young woman who was refused a Nectar Card by Sainsbury because her name is 'Fanny'.

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  1. It may surprise you to know that fanny is one of my most favourite words

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    1. Mine too. No surprise there. If I had a daughter now, I would like to call her Fanny and un-hijack the name.

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    2. ... or 'Titty' as in Swallows and Amazons...

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  2. And the clips are not only made of favourite words but contain pictures

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  3. There are hundreds of names for the divine monosyllable- Lady Jane, Aunt Maria, Lady Berkeley and even Marble Arch? Not to mention Belly Dale. They must all now be banned from the nectar.

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    1. You remember Shakespeare's play, 'Much Ado About Nothing'? Well in those day, there was something (male) and Nothing (female). There's the rub.

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  4. We've just come back from staying with my sister and brother-in-law and were talking about family etc. and his Grandad, named Willie was married to a Fanny !!!!! ….. who had children …… you can imagine the exchanges that went on !! XXXX

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    1. I had a Great Uncle Cock once.

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    2. ……. and my name is Charlie Farnsbarns !! XXXX

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  5. I had an Aunt Fanny. And also an Aunt Pansy. As a child I used to think these were lovely names. I don't remember meeting either of them but I have a prayer book which was a christening present from Aunt Fanny and signed by her.

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    1. My father used to say that someone knew 'sweet Fanny Adams', meaning F.A., meaning Fuck All.

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    2. Yes, we used to say this at home too. Sweet Fanny Adams. My mum read Fanny Hill and I read it later without her knowing but didn't think it was very good. Perhaps I missed something.

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    3. Every time I found a copy of Fanny Hill in someone's illicit library, I shook it until it fell open, and it always fell open on the juiciest bits.

      Oh to have a book banned and then released to a hungry readership - ask Salman Rushdie. I never liked his writing either.

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  6. If my mother had called me Fanny I would have changed my name years ago.

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    1. That would have been a shame - a Fanny and proud, would have been my attitude. There again, what do I know?

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  7. Yes indeed. I wonder what all those Victorians called Fanny would feel now. I mean, considering they were all so prim :)

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    1. You wouldn't say that if you had seen some of the sepia, glass-plate, 100 year-old pornography that I have.

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  8. Fanny, Bunty, and Lettuce, are amongst my favourite names. Maybe I need re-educating.

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    1. No, you're just a bit isolated, that's all.

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  9. Fanlight Fanny the frowsy nightclub queen.

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