Whilst trying to dredge up some original thoughts for the Haddon Blog (no laughing at the back please), I wrote down the first two words that came into my head. I have to tell you that I was as surprised as anyone at the outcome.
For a word that starts of with a syllable which means “Yellow discharge associated with site of infection”, ‘pusillanimous’ has a rather mysterious cuddly feel about it, though with a slightly ‘drip at the end of the nose’ ending. ‘Numpty’, on the other hand, is more your ‘fist struck on an under-ripe melon’ kind of word. For these reasons, the two words go together rather well (sit up at the back there, you need to know all this for the test at the end), don’t you think?
Pusillanimous: lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
Numpty: (Scots) someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subject or situation to the amusement of others.
So. Here’s the challenge I throw out to you – in a wet-herring kind of way, because it’s too damned hot for gloves: hit ‘comment’ and write down the first two words that come into your head, and why. Alternatively, if you wish to send your response to me written on the back of a $100 bill, please feel free.
Oh. And there is a prize for the best response: a free copy of the Kindle edition of The Butterfly & The Bull. If you’re one of the thousands of people who already have a copy of this fine novel, then worry not; you’ll be first on the list to get a free copy of the sequel, Flight of the Butterfly, when it is published in November.