Friday, 29 October 2010

Boring Drilling


I have, of late, been mucking around with power tools. Boring is rather boring, and one must learn the drill for drilling.

So far as anybody can tell*, these senses are related. A bore proceeds slowly through the rock: a bore proceeds slowly through his subject. However, it should be noted that there is a French word bourre, which means padding, that may bear responsibility.

Drills, when they're boring, go round and round and round and round; and soldiers when they march around the parade ground do the same. Thus drill to drill. Drill then came to mean anything routine, such as a fire-drill, which is, coincidentally, very boring.

I am now going to listen to The Turn Of The Screw**.

The Inky Fool got carried away


*And nobody is utterly sure.

** There was a young lady from Whitton
Who was kinky for Benjamin Britten;
And the things she would do
To The Turn Of The Screw
Are so lewd they can't even be written.

4 comments:

  1. Riveting is far from riveting.

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  2. The Antipodean29 October 2010 16:23

    Unless you accidentally rivet yourself, of course, in which case you are riveted.

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  3. You are NEVER a bore
    That's for sure.

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  4. ...but now you may be screwed.

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