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Are Brushes Really Daft?

by Lachie Strummer - 15:21 on 22 September 2011

 

Are Brushes Really Daft?
It always seems unfair to me to describe someone as being as ‘daft as a brush’. It’s a gross generalisation.
Has anyone ever tested the IQ of a brush? I thought not.
For all we know there might be brooms out there who like nothing better than reading the works of Berthold Brecht whilst sipping a decent glass of brandy.
There may well be yard brushes with a predilection for the sciences and a keen understanding of aero-nautical engineering.
We mustn’t forget the humble, and often misunderstood, mop. Recent research suggests that mops have an in-built capacity for problem solving, particularly in the field of astrophysics.
So the next time you assume that brushes are daft think again!
We just don’t know.
 
It’s Wet

 

They say that Eskimos, or Inuit as they’re called nowadays, have around a hundred words for snow.
In this neck of the woods we have a fair number to describe rain!
It’s pishin’ down!’ - this term is used to describe a heavy rain shower.
It’s stoatin!’ - this is used mainly in the Central Belt of Scotland to describe very heavy rain, usually coming straight down.
‘It’s dreich!’ - this describes soft drizzle type rain which sometimes precedes the ‘pishin’ down’ variety.
‘It’s raining cats and dogs’ - no idea where this came from. It just sounds silly to me.
‘It’s raining Datsun Cogs’ - this is from a 1970’s joke when Nissan cars were still called Datsuns and involved spare car parts falling from an aircraft onto the Isle of Arran. Believe me - it seemed quite funny then.
It’s chuckin’ it down!’ - this is similar to ‘pishin’ down’ but possibly more torrential!
If you know more terms for rainfall we’d love to hear from you.

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