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Anyone who listens to I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, the long-running ‘antidote to panel games’ on Radio Four, will be familiar with the Word Definitions game. Pick a word, and offer an alternative, punning, definition of it. For example, Platypus: to give your cat pigtails.
My brother, James Foley, who’s a big fan of the show, likes to come up with some of his own and here are a few of my favourites:
Memento: a list of things you meant to do, but haven’t got around to it
Commentator: your humble, everyday spud
A Yorkshire company that sells chewing gum online: ebaygum
Loggerheads: people who are fascinated by lumberjacks
Catatonic: what you dose your cat with when it’s unwell
Expat: someone who used to be Irish
The late Humphrey Lyttelton who chaired ISIHAC for nearly 40 years, once wrote: ‘As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from desiccation.