Randomy randomness

This blogpost is an exercise in crowdsourced randomness. It probably demonstrates the disparate chaos that exists in the collective minds of numerous librarians…or my twitter followers, at least.

I called for one-word suggestions for blog topics.  These were the responses I’ve chosen: necropants, hiccups, organisation and beer.  Eclectic, to say the least.


Until @snailx mentioned this, I’d never heard of such a thing.  Since then I’ve gone on a voyage of discovery through the murky waters of Wikipedia and the dark shoals of various fora.  I’ve learned that Necropants (or Nábrókarstafur) are pants made from the skin of a dead man.  Apparently, if you steal a coin from a poor widow and place it in the scrotum of the pants, they are said to produce an endless supply of money.  Frankly, for me I think they’d only produce an endless supply of nightmares!  I’ll stick to conventional fabrics, thanks all the same.  Had anyone considered the infection control implications of this practice?


Thanks to @happylibrarykat for this suggestion.  These are funny little spasms in the diaphragm that most of us experience to varying degrees in our lives.  Some unfortunate people suffer the spasms permanently.  I don’t want to talk about that.  I love that this was suggested because it allows me to expound on its spelling.

Oh, yes! A common usage controversy! I love this stuff!

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this word has had an interesting journey through a variety of different spellings:

1500s hicke up, hikup — 1500s–1600s hickop — 1600s hickhop, hecup — 1600s–1700s hiccop — 1600s–1800s hickup, hick-up 1600s-present hiccup AND 1600s-present hiccough.

Even when spelled “hiccough” it is still pronounced hɪkʌp (for those who are familiar with IPA) and hĭk’ŭp (for those who aren’t).


This comes courtesy of @acrystelle. Tonight we met for a tweet-up. Not one of us had beer.  I had a glass of Chardonnay.  I don’t drink beer.  I can’t stand the taste.  I used to drink Breó when I worked at Guinness.  It was not popular and was discontinued.  The general classes of alcohol that I drink include wine, clear spirits (and a few non-clear ones) and cider.  I’ll try most things but I’ve ruled out beer, cold whiskey (but I will drink hot whiskey and Irish coffee) and rum…to name just a few.


The final suggestion I’m going to talk about comes from @actorvious.  Actually, the suggestions were organisation, order, logistics.  I’ve chosen organisation because I have none.

My organisational skills – as they pertain to keeping order – are poor, at best. The truth is, they are diabolical.  This is no more apparent than at this very moment as I type this. I have just got home and sat down at my incredibly messy desk after having searched the house high and low for a quick unpick to remove the tulle underskirt from a dress I am going to wear tomorrow night (I have a bustle of my own – baby got back!).

So, as I currently lack the correct tool to do the job quickly, I will now finish this to attend to the arduous task of unpicking two layers of tulle with nought but tiny scissors and kick-ass fingernails.

All that’s left to do now is the Musical Challenge!

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey
Along came a spider, sat down beside her
Said: “What’s in the bowl, bitch”

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2 Responses to Randomy randomness

  1. Alexander R says:

    Is this song not called “Little Miss Muffet”??

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