May I have a word about… Christmassy cascades on the railways | Jonathan Bouquet
Readers will forgive me if I’m more than a little boily-hotty about the daily commute
I find little more cheering than a heartfelt plea from a fellow grump, and stepping boldly forward this week is John Williams, who wrote deploring the adding of “y” to nouns to make adjectives.
He lays the blame at the door of EH Shepard and his illustration of the Hundred Acre Wood – “floody place” in particular. He then lets rip with a torrent of examples. “Christmassy” he finds particularly noisome, followed by “chockablocky”, “boily-hotty”, “matchy-matchy”, “countrysidey”, “warehousey” and “vibey”, execrable coinages he has gathered from television programmes and overheard conversations.
Source: Guardian Transport