Saturday, July 11, 2009


Today someone called me a dingbat. Now what does a dingbat mean? Being a D level in vocabulary, particularlyof the vituperative type, I had to go to An empty headed silly person, came the first meaning. Empty headed? No, that is unfair, silly? yes I am a part dingbat, silly but not empty in the upper storey.

I like picturesque abuse especially when it comes from a dear friend. I take it as a compliment.And compliments are to be returned. But then as i told u my vocab is poor. So I have to take the help of the subject in which I am strong. Reminds me of an incident when the students from Oxford University went to Billingsgate for a slanging match with the fisherwomen. They went red in the face hearaing the choicest and filthiest swearwords nd abuses from the hardy uncouth fishmongers. Pushed to the wall, they took out their geometry books and starting haurling one invective after another, U Tetrahedron, U equilateral trianagle, u spheroid, u trapezium, u ellipse, u quadrilateral, & c,. The poor fisherwomen knew they were beaten. they never heard of these before. Nor could they easily pick them up and remember for future use with their customers/competitors.. A gleeful oxford team returned to their hostel to celebrate with fish and chips! And Ale.
So I take the help of my forte, chemistry. My dear friend, wherever u r, u r a silly tarimethoxyphenylethylamine hydrochloride! U r a hydroquinone, u cannever ever become a methhylene diamine or an ester (esther williams) U r doomed to be a cyanocobalamin for your life!Dont ever aspire to be an aldehyde. U will ever remain a ketone. And if u ever cross swords with me again,I will subject u to a Hoffman's degradation and take the gas out of u.
Now who is the dingbat?
I have come to the conclusion " Some friends are wise, others are otherwise "


priya nair said...

hey! hurt or wat? i dint intend to(dint say anything like that too,did i?. apologies if i did.
i sure havent been able to do serious bloggin. dont get enuf drive to. You may be a south indian but yu sure dont watch films or to be specific, some famous south indian films, else you wud sure have recognised the eyes of Surya the tamil actor (read "superstar"). he has starred in some unforgettables like "Pithamagan". needless to say that i am an ardent A.C. of him ("fan" is a low degree no!). i donno how yu fell upon my blog thru this idpl but i dont rem anyone there who wud have mentioned me! never mind! am not in CDRI but in a sister concern of it.



priya nair said...

gurrrrrrrrrr! this is my reaction to ur reaction to my "pedestrian" "poetry(!!!!???? boo hu hu!)". yu are a "i never watch tamil films or hear tamil music" person , is very clear to me Sir! thx for ur wonderful response! my heart breaks at the apathy of people towards good music but i think yu are not at fault, yu might not be acquainted with tamil at all and i am an overenthusiast for whom language of music hardly matters. by the way it is my favorite song "unnai kandene" from a prithviraj forgettable "Parijatham".

coolsandhya said...

loved ur post....good one!!

Nita said...

Vasant Mam, Glad we met on FB. I commend you on your sense of humor. If a woman in the US was called a dingbat, I would hear no end of it. Never heard anyone name calling a man with this adverb! The fact that you went into so much trouble to find the meaning, analyzed your personality, blogged on it and laughed about it, says the depth of your character! Thanks for 'You' being simply 'you'!