In my defence, I was in a bad mood, and needed some humour to cheer myself up. Clearly I got distracted by Qi.
That means today I must write about 1 500 words to make it up. So much for Friday's off.
Well, mustn't complain. Things could always be much worse. I suppose I ought to get to it.
A wanderer. A term of contempt for a man; [also] used without contempt; [from] spailp'n, a worthless fellow, a migratory labourer.
- Michael Traynor's English Dialect of Donegal, 1953
Spal, in Irish, is a scythe, and peen a penny - that is, a mower for a penny a day.
- Arthyr Young's Tour in Ireland, 1780