Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Monday, January 31, 2011


Good morning!

I had a lovely weekend, but I have no time to tell you about it. I have something that needs to be handed in today - a day late.

I'm an idiot! I hate it when I don't get things in on time... other people are counting on it! I'm so mad at myself.

I'll tell you about the weekend tomorrow. 'Till then, here's today's Forgotten English word/phrase:

Inkhorn Terms:

Pedantic expressions which "smell of the lamp."
- Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1898

Can anyone tell me what "smell of the lamp" might mean?

Must dash. Have a great day!


KuietKelticGirl said...

I love google....


I'm sure I'm wrong, but it almost sounds like a bit of a slur against poets getting high on lamp fumes and creating flowing phrases stuffed full of unnecessary words...

But finally, a wiki that helps make the whole thing make sense:

Oh, and apparently, Happy St. John Bosco's Day!

S.M. Carrière said...

Brilliant! Thanks!

Oh yes! St. John Bosco, the patron saint of editors. Lord knows they need some looking after!