Times readers moan about “granular” for “fine detail”, complaining that it is all over the place during the year of Covid. It has been around for longer than that.
Astoundingly, optimists are saying “Brexit may not be so bad! Let’s wait and see! Let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best!”
Brexit is a “dustbin issue” – voters threw in all kinds of concerns, like identity, immigration, poverty, queues at the GP, “They never listen to us”, unemployment etc. And at least one person “heard at work” that “special planes” were going to deport all brown people. (Originally, the day after the referendum. Now postponed to Jan 1.)
“[Something that isn’t violence] is violence” is popular the week of Dec 9.
Everyone’s an expert on who should get the vaccine first.
Much talk of “chains” on Dec 12. Oh, supply chains. Food.
Spectators boo when footballers take a knee for BLM because the movement is “Marxist” and BLM is “now a political party”.
Some fans are putting a picture of Jeremy Corbyn on top of the Christmas tree. The further he gets from power, the more he is transformed into Superman/King Arthur.
Women with PhDs are being told they shouldn’t use the title “doctor” – again.
Many Brits are baffled and outraged by Nigella’s pronunciation of microwave as “meecro-wahvay”. (Perhaps that’s the correct pronunciation – have I got it wrong all my life?)
Several Tory MPs and many Brexiteers exhibit invincible ignorance about trade, tariffs and what we did with our fishing rights.
Conspiracy theorists fear the "Great Reset".
137,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered in the U.K. There have been 0 associated deaths, 0 people now with autism, 0 people dead, or walking around like the robot army Bill Gates is supposedly building, and 0 people now acting as a 5G antenna! (Via Facebook)
Anti-vaxxers respond “Well, I’ll wait and see.” Also blah blah dollars blah blah. An Italian nurse, one of the first to be vaccinated, closed all her social media accounts after attacks and abuse by anti-vaxxers.
Everything, from Covid to Google, has “rewired our brains”, and we are a different species now. And people only use the internet because of “dopamine hits”, not because our entire lives are lived through it now.
The Wellingborough Conservative Association newsletter told Tories to “say the first thing that comes into your head – it’ll probably be nonsense, you may get a bad headline, but if you make enough dubious claims fast enough, you can get away with it”. (The Week)
Some gourmets claim that “We don’t need to eat Brie and French sausages are horrible”. “The UK imports about 85% of vegetables from the EU. The Netherlands provide the bulk of tomatoes and onions while Spain sources most of the cauliflower and celery, the two fastest-growing commodities. France is the leading potato supplier,” says Google.
Hello, 911? Help, I'm trapped between "viruses aren't real" on the right and "penises can be female" on the left and I don't know which arm to gnaw off first. (@OsborneInk)
Apparently Twitter’s “stony wit” is getting us through the crisis.
Amateur historians Tweet that “Christmas is really pagan!” while historians respond “Actually, no”.
People are attacking Wonder Woman 1984 because Gal Gadot plays the name character.
There's a vogue for colourised historic photos – they look just as tacky as they did in the 50s.
The fan vault pictures keep coming.
The useful word “spite” is back.
“We always dress the dog up at Christmas.” (Denise Van Outen)
Trifle is a Christmas lunch tradition?
And “luvvie” is back – Twitter is piling on Sam West for saying the current Conservatives are like the old National Front.
Some keyboard-tappers think socmed is all about sh*tposting. Do they wake up in the morning and wonder what to whinge about today?
Calls to “get behind”, “come together”, “move on” etc. Get lost.
Does anyone really believe that the Human Rights Act “took away all their rights”?
Today I learned the word “pleurant” for carved mourner on a tomb.
“Radicalisation” now means “indoctrination with crazy and/or right-wing ideas”. And “radical” feminists want gender equality and women’s rights; “liberal” feminists just want to get degrees and professional jobs, and don’t want to rock the boat. I think.
People getting very clued-up about the vaccine and trying to make sure they get the best one.
Happy New Year! Stay safe, wear a mask, get vaccinated.
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