I have to keep my mouth shut a lot of the time when I meet up with folk on proper working boats for fear of putting my foot in it. I just haven’t learned the lingo. I don’t know a snubber from a snatcher or a Joey boat from a Tom Pudding. I believe the latter may be some sort of cat based dessert.
Anyone who has met me will know that I don’t speak in BBC English. Actually being a native of South Worcestershire, there is one BBC programme where I would have an authentic accent – The Archers. However in writing I do like to get old words right, preferring to write gunwales rather than gunnels, and I am pleased to say that at least one of my kids has followed suit. Our Richard – himself a liveaboard narrowboater refuses to buy yoghurt if the tub calls it a yogurt. Sadly he is running out of options on this front and down to only a couple of makes.
Where is all this leading? You may ask. Well, see if you can work it out from this email which I was pleased to receive from Richard yesterday.
“I don't know how regular an occurrence it is for the Countdown Conundrum to go unsolved by contestants, audience and hosts alike but I got today's well within time and so would you have.
And here is today's conundrum
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tic-tock, tick-tock, doong, doong, doong, doong, doong, doong, da-da, da-da, da-da-la-da, beeeeeuw!
and the answer is.....
That's a proper bit of conundrumming for ya! “
If you can’t work that one out, you don’t deserve to.