The Lung Brothers

Hanging out at the extreme end of the long tail ...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Context is Everything.

A while ago I was at an evening do and was chatting to this bloke who, when not boring people shitless in his leisure time, was obviously some kind of hyper-professional shark. He had this really irritating habit of conversational oneupmanship where for example, if you mentioned that you drove an Audi, he'd immediately cut in and tell you that he drove a Merc. It reminded me a lot of the school playground and the old "my-daddy's-bigger-than-your-daddy" debate.

It then struck me that there are many, many positive words for people who are competitive within a competitive context (i.e. sport, work etc.): Ambitious, driven, aspiring, energetic, keen, enterprising, go-getter and so on.

But strangely there is only one word for a person who is competitive in a non-competitive context: Dick.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Well I See by the Old Calendar on the Wall......

..that today is the feast day of Saint Hermenegild.

So be sure to congratulate all your friends named Hermenegild!