Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Cease and desist

I have nothing to add to the rest of the crew's Watching other than a small linguistic point:

"Mr Bongo-Brains"
"another red herring, in a sea full of scarlet fish"
"out into their squares and plazas huzza-ing for confrontation"
"a chap with a huge hooter"

Yaroo! Fossilized fish-hooks! Coming on the heels of the "trip to Bonkers Island" a few weeks ago, I surely detect the influence of Just William here?

No harm has been done yet from the incursion of storytime into the column, but like truffle oil in pommes mousseline, a little bit of this language goes a long way and too much stinks. Cease forthwith and henceforth desist, please.

2 Comments:

Anonymous McGazz said...

"Fossilised fish-hooks" was the catchphrase of Jennings, written by top socialist Anthony Buckeridge.

My favourite Jennings quote ever being "don't be such a prehistoric remains".

2/08/2006 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger The Couscous Kid said...

We probably do need to think a bit harder about the origins of the distinctive Aaronovitch literary style, but I don't think these phrases have anything to do with the influence of William Brown / Richmal Crompton.

Anthony Buckeridge would seem to me to be nearer the mark: I can imagine Jennings saying "Bongo-brains", but not William (or Ginger or Douglas or Henry, for that matter).

2/08/2006 05:10:00 PM  

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