Monday, 21 December 2009

Fiend


As the serial sex fiend was finally caged for the sickening crime...
   - The News of the World

He played with Dion Dublin, no mean sax fiend, and it has been claimed they formed an impromptu jazz combo...
    - BBC internet commentary on yesterday's test match

Sometimes I hardly know why I add any comment at all. It seems remarkably unfair that the changing of a single vowel should be all that divides good from evil. The reason is that the junkie devil or dope fiend was keen on dope and keenness implies expertise.

"No mean sax fiend" means exactly the same as "mean sax fiend".

Caged is an epithet peculiar to tabloid court cases and birds.



Dion Dublin

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