WOW #73

Oops! This is the wrong catchpole.

I’d like to introduce you to a fine, upstanding pair of brother-words.  They don’t get out much anymore.  They’ve gone into semi-retirement because of the constant suffusion into everyday English usage, of valley-girl-speak, obvs.

Our protective pair for this week are

CATCHPOLE

and

TIPSTAFF

Catchpole: (formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt.
Tipstaff: a staff tipped with metal, formerly carried as a badge of office, as by a constable.
any official who carried such a staff.

Gone are the days when these boys, and their Italian cousin, Fasces, could implement some social wellbeing by applying a few stripes across a few backs and butts, and some knots on some heads.  (Therefore, knotheads.)

I was gratified by the recent decisions to use riot-geared police, complete with two-foot truncheons, to finally bring an end to both the Ottawa Freedom Convoy, and the Windsor/Detroit bridge blockade.  Police showed remarkable restraint.  They barely had to use their billy-clubs.  I thought that a few more heads could have been cracked, to engender some good manners and social responsibility.

Society is a constant pendulum – from too restrictive, to too lenient.  This current Woke/cancel culture/snowflake – nobody even gets their feelings hurt, much less their ass, or their head – has swung too far into permissive.   I don’t want police beatings in the street, any more than I don’t want guys being shot for driving while black.  But there’s gotta be some workable middle ground.

If I set up a Patreon account, Tipstaff is what you could do.  Until then, I’ll just be happy if you have Uber-Eats deliver another helping of my rants in a couple of days.  😀

3 thoughts on “WOW #73

  1. Rivergirl says:

    I think your fishing rod is a more apt representation of a catch pole, but okay.
    😉

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  2. Now come on, police beatings were COMPLETELY uncalled-for to clear the blockaders of the Ambassador Bridge. Just one little Abrams tank with a mine plough,and a simple over-to-Windsor-and-back trip would’ve done the trick. And no beatings for anybody, just a simple and FREE truck wash, compliments of the US Army Armoured … sorry, ARMORED Corps. 😀
    And can’t you just picture the delighted drivers, saluting the Abrams’ drivers with upraised fingers indicating the tankers’ Number One status, and the trucker’s joyous shouts of “Tanks!”? :p

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