Insults, idleness, and London’s idiosyncrasies

If you liked the Surrealist insult generator, try the Shakespearean Insulter. It selects actual insults from Shakespeare’s plays. One of mine:

Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear,
Thou lily-liver’d boy.
Taken from: Macbeth

(Via That Rabbit Girl.)

From An Idler’s Glossary:

Bartleby: Melville’s office drone who will neither work nor quit his job is both an inspiration to would-be idlers and a great puzzle. He isn’t lazy, nor does he seem to resent or hate his employer (or want a different job), nor does he prefer a life of sensual pleasure, nor is he interested in making a spectacle of himself in order to help others see the light. He just “prefers not to” do anything. He has lost faith in the goodness of the world; he is lackadaisical, in the most tragic sense of that word. This, it seems, is a form of passive resistance—against God. See: ACEDIA, BALK, DETACHED, INDIFFERENT, LACKADAISICAL, PASSIVE, QUITTER, SPLEEN.

(Via Wood S Lot.)

The second issue of Smoke: a London Peculiar, a magazine devoted to London’s idiosyncrasies, is out. Here are some excerpts from the new issue. (Via 3AM’s Buzzwords.)


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