Wednesday odds and ends

Three unconnected things: (1) a Japanese flower painting; (2) a silly penguin image; (3) a fresh way for me to refer mockingly to the current Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States.

Item (1). Back at the beginning of the month, I posted about a gorgeous Japanese irises screen by Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716), and then today I came across another wonderful Japanese flower painting, this time of poppies, on a scroll, reproduced as a note card by the Metropolitan Museum of Art:


Kitagawa Sôsetsu, Edo period (1615-1867), detail from a hanging scroll, color on paper; mid-17th century (reproduced here with gold background added)

Item (2). A texty (something between a slogan and a cartoon) that came to me from Paul Foster, who found it on a Facebook page where it came from somewhere else, etc.:


People who weren’t bothered by a penguin wielding cymbals were neveretheless distressed by the inaccuracy of having (Arctic) polar bears and (Antarctic) penguins in the same place. Hey, fantasy is fantasy.

Item (3). To avoid the DTs, I’ve been mentioning the man as little as possible, and then (wherever I can) only under the mocking name Herr Drumpf. But now, thanks to the 2005 Billy Bush tape, I’ve found a better mocking name, envisioning him as a Dickensian crackpot and using a venerable verb+object naming pattern in English: Squire Grabpussy.

One Response to “Wednesday odds and ends”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    On item 3, about verb+object compounds like Grabpussy, from Geoff Nunberg on Facebook:

    … and one that’s typically pejorative (pickpocket, cutpurse, lickspittle, killjoy etc.)

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