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Defining “rare”



by sjhoward

This is the 1,955th post. It was published at 11:22 on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013.

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This is a branch of an estate agency in Gosforth which specialises in “rare” properties, in the sense of properties that are in someway unusual and hence infrequently available on the property market. Wendy, as someone from Northern Ireland, finds the name particularly amusing, as the word “rare” has negative colloquial connotations in Northern Ireland: somebody dressed in an unusual and inappropriate way, for example, might be described as looking a bit “rare”.

You may think that this long-winded explanation removes any scintilla of humour that might exist about an agency advertising itself as listing only unpleasant properties, but I’m sure we’ll continue to smile as we walk past. And maybe, occasionally, we might continue to tease one another with the line: “That’s the shop where I found you!”


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Photo-a-day 248: Mildly amusing sign



by sjhoward

This is the 1,794th post. It was published at 21:57 on Tuesday, 4th September 2012.

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I can’t quite put my finger on why this sign always makes me smile. It could be the fact that it’s on its own little podium. It could be the detail of the message, versus “staff only”. It could be the thought of the amusement promised by entering the window. It could be the absurdity of the use of the word “window” versus “window display”. Whatever it is, it never fails to amuse whenever I catch it out of the corner of my eye.


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The misheard lyrics of “O Fortuna”



by sjhoward

This is the 1,679th post. It was published at 17:11 on Friday, 8th June 2012.

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