188 Responses to “THE PL Newsletter VI”


  1. 1 Me, Myself and DIY October 15, 2014 at 12:02

    You definitely don’t know light until you’ve known some dark. But you definitely don’t know dark until you meet it. As for the big word….Honor, ability and attitude allow you to attain anything…in one word. LOL. Oh I really have no idea, nor do I know how to play Flap Dragon so that worked out for everyone I guess!!

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 12:15

      *laughs* You’re actually very close with the big word! In fact, I’d say you win. But here’s the dadblamery of the matter: I really forget what the word means, and I don’t know how to play flap dragon either. Something to do with boiling raisins, I think.

  2. 3 Catherine October 14, 2014 at 05:04

    Ooh…proverb 2 is very deep. I think I’ll go with that one.

    Oh my goodness, I’ve heard that word before! I think it means the state of being honorable or something like that? One of my friends once told me…a while ago, so I’ve probably got it wrong.

    What is flap-dragon, anyway? It sounds fun.

    • 4 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:15

      That’s my fav!

      *laughing* No! You got it right, I do believe. *shocked at Catherine’s brilliance* But I shouldn’t be surprised. So cool that you knew it!

      Something about eating boiling raisins, or something like that. I forget!

      • 5 Catherine October 17, 2014 at 04:13

        Really? Yay! I was hoping I’d be close…thank you! *laughs* I was only about fifty percent sure I was close.

        Boiled raisins sound…interesting. Do they taste bad?

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke October 18, 2014 at 19:01

        But you’re right on! I would have failed the question, you know.

        It’d be horrid! But I just found out again: it’s eating raisins out of boiling rum…or very hot rum. Yucketh!

      • 7 Catherine October 18, 2014 at 23:17

        Well, you knew what it meant!

        *laughs* Yucketh is right…that doesn’t sound very good. Maybe I don’t want to play flap-dragon after all.

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke October 20, 2014 at 18:56

        But that’s because I looked it up! And lo, I’m beginning to forget what it means already!

        *laughs too* Yes, must be avoided, I fear.

      • 9 Catherine October 22, 2014 at 03:26

        Oh, well, you knew for a short time, at least, and that’s pretty impressive!

        Then I’ll pretend I didn’t get the word right. That way I don’t have to play!

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke October 22, 2014 at 19:31

        *laughs* Yes, considering my memory, you’re right.

        Rats! That’s…cheating!

      • 11 Catherine October 28, 2014 at 03:16

        Cheating? Oh dear. What shall I do, then?

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke October 28, 2014 at 20:04

        (Cheat on the sly.)

      • 13 Catherine October 30, 2014 at 14:07

        *laughing* I guess I could, then. (*cheats on the sly so now she doesn’t have to play the game*)

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke October 30, 2014 at 22:05

        There you go. You’re a natural.

      • 15 Catherine November 1, 2014 at 20:21

        Why thank you *smiles bigly*

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke November 2, 2014 at 23:55

        *bows*

  3. 17 Simply Skeptical October 13, 2014 at 23:56

    Hee, hee, hee you’re such a funny one Professor! Such wit’s to be found in none other, but The Prof.

    # III has me thinking slower than I’d like to admit. (Laughing)

    Mr. Ratherquite is such the gentleman. Poor fella has to put up with all these characters. It’s a wonder he stays so sweet.

    As for me forget what that word means how in the dadblame do you pronounce it? Or do you?

    • 18 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:06

      Aw! *hides*

      Yes, it tends to slow one down, I’d say.

      Sweet? He’s a dadblame snarfoogelish! To quote my man, Walt Walker.

      I’m not sure how, to be honest.

  4. 19 weggieboy October 13, 2014 at 23:01

    Three for three this time: how true!

    • 20 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:04

      Aha! 100%, then.

  5. 21 icedmocha34 October 13, 2014 at 22:02

    I like the quotes–AHEM–proverbs. :P

    • 22 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:49

      *bows and his hat stays on* Yes, I like…the #2 one best, I think.

      • 23 icedmocha34 October 13, 2014 at 22:54

        I like the first one best “You don’t know what light is until you’ve been in the dark.”

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:03

        *nods* Unless, you’re the professor, of course. I always use a flashlight in the dark.

      • 25 icedmocha34 October 14, 2014 at 19:10

        I took it to mean something spiritually, but okay! :P

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 20:30

        You’re actually right on. I’m just being wicked because you never bring a cookie.

      • 27 icedmocha34 October 14, 2014 at 20:48

        I haven’t made any lately.. My nana made cake last week instead.

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 12:02

        Well, I’d say cake is probably better, I think.

  6. 29 The Lite Rider October 13, 2014 at 21:11

    Odd, but this is the second time PL has disappeared off my WP reader (?). So I went looking for the PL Newsletter. So glad I found it! :)

    #1 is my favorite, with #3 and close second!

    Slugs are slimy and loathsome. Especially on quilts! UGH!

    As for SR’s mentor, that is both curious and a bit frightening. Wonder what SR’s condition is?

    I got a kick out of Dr. Z’s prospect hunting. Mr. R was a bit put off, I see ….

    Perhaps Nick was busy?! It’s ok, he can have a break! :)

    • 30 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:49

      Did it really? *says dadblameit liberally* We must do something about it. I’m glad you came looking, too!

      *nods*

      Couldn’t you just salt them, though?

      Well…do you suppose SR is maybe going insane? Just maybe?

      But he always is.

      No, he can’t! Shouldn’t we tar and feather him?

      • 31 The Lite Rider October 14, 2014 at 13:33

        Salt on slugs. Too cruel, but I hear it does work.

        SR could be going batty. For sure.

        And yes, Dr. Z is always plotting – that’s his calling.

        Professor, you are making me feel sorry for Nick now. I fear the opposite of the reaction you might have wanted….. No tarring and feathering!

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 20:24

        I’d like to see what happens, wouldn’t you?

        I think that’s true.

        I wish it was mine! Imagine…professorish plots…

        *Laughing then bangs head on desk* We’ll just throw him out in the cold then.

      • 33 The Lite Rider October 14, 2014 at 20:38

        Oh yes, it would be fun to see what happens!

        (I believe the Professor *does* have professorish plots!)

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 12:01

        For sure!

        *laughs and smiles proudly*

    • 35 walt walker October 13, 2014 at 23:48

      It has dropped off mine too, recently. It’s dadblamery. I wonder if we are all dropping off the readers of others.

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:04

        What a vexing dilemma.

      • 37 The Lite Rider October 14, 2014 at 13:31

        Most likely . In the dadblamed world of WP!

  7. 38 Julie Harris October 13, 2014 at 20:22

    I love proverb #1- When come out of darkness, it makes the light that much brighter!

    • 39 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:47

      Doesn’t it, though? Darkness is for the bats and rats and cats, you see.

  8. 40 Angeline M October 13, 2014 at 16:44

    I’m all for proverb #III…watch out for fast talking people because they don’t know what they’re saying (or thinking). And that word I couldn’t even guess, so drat…no flap-dragon plays today.

    • 41 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:47

      But, would you want to play Snap-dragon? I mean flap-dragon. Same thing, I think.

      • 42 Angeline M October 14, 2014 at 00:11

        I’d rather flap-dragon. Firier I would thank. Snap-dragon is for pansies.

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:07

        Aha! Is there a difference betwixt the two?

  9. 44 InfiniteZip October 13, 2014 at 16:21

    Number two!!!, number two!!! Says infinite zip!!!!

    • 45 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:46

      Aha! Did you love it?

      • 46 InfiniteZip October 14, 2014 at 09:02

        Yes yes yes!!!!!!!

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:16

        But you can’t be sure!

      • 48 InfiniteZip October 14, 2014 at 15:38

        A gazillion times positive!!!

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 20:29

        Is gazillion a lot?

      • 50 InfiniteZip October 15, 2014 at 09:19

        Yup :)too many for my fingers and toes…

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 12:14

        Wow. Now that’s a lot.

  10. 52 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister October 13, 2014 at 14:10

    These proverbs are getting eerily familiar and seem to be coinciding with my days. I couldn’t agree more with Nick, so his is my favorite this week. However, speaking quickly and thinking slow…resonates.

    Charlie!!! Keep him away from Charlie, Duketh. Slugs like quilts. I wonder what Scientist is going to do about the slugs?

    Mr. R calls it like he sees it.

    Give Nick a break.

    What a word!!!! I have no idea what I means. I can’t even begin to say it…

    • 53 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member October 13, 2014 at 15:50

      Thanks!

    • 54 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:45

      *nods* Nick is just…he’s a piece of dadblamery, dadblameit!

      He’ll probably experiment on them. What if he turns Charlie bigger?

      Nick needs a beating!

      *laughs* I didn’t make it up either!

      • 55 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister October 14, 2014 at 02:19

        I think you’re both dadblamery, Duketh. Are you jealous of his proverb, because you shouldn’t be. You’ve also written a few important proverbs.

        Charlie bigger??!! I think people would be frightened of him then.

        A beating?! Why? Maybe you do…

        Where did this word come from, Duke?

      • 56 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:13

        I have? When?!

        Yes…I’m frightened of the bloke now, you know.

        Me? *growls* But why?

        Umm…Shakespeare, actually.

      • 57 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister October 14, 2014 at 19:24

        You’ve offered a few proverbs. Don’t try and back away from them now, Duke.

        Why frightened? What happened to change your mind?

        *innocently ponders* Just offering a different perspective.

        So you’ve read Shakespeare? T’was wondering about that…

      • 58 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 20:34

        I will! *holds ears*

        Well, imagine all the slime if he gets big like that!

        Rats. You want the professor to be beaten!

        Well, I have read him, but this word was looked up.

      • 59 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister October 15, 2014 at 04:37

        *becomes annoyed quickly*

        Yuck. Now why would you bring that up, Duke!

        Not really… *smirks*

        Oh. How nice.

      • 60 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 12:13

        *laughs*

        Because the truth must be faced!

        Hmm…

      • 61 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister October 15, 2014 at 15:23

        I will take Charlie’s faults. Unlike you.

        Yes?

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 22:48

        Charlie just isn’t nice to me.

        Well…yes…

      • 63 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister October 16, 2014 at 00:26

        I made him eat your cheese…he didn’t want to, you see. It is me you should be mad at.

        Well, yes, but what are you up to with that word, Duketh?

      • 64 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 12:14

        You can’t take the blame for making what he is, you know.

        Forget about it probably. *laughs*

      • 65 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister October 16, 2014 at 13:57

        Yes, I know. A slug is a slug is a slug.

        Okay. *walks home*

      • 66 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 23:01

        You can have it if you like.

      • 67 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister October 17, 2014 at 03:08

        Have what? The word? (Because I know you didn’t just call Charlie an it, right.) What will I do with it?

      • 68 Professor VJ Duke October 18, 2014 at 18:58

        But Charlie is an it! Maybe eat it?

      • 69 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister October 18, 2014 at 19:32

        Yeah and imaginary, as well. You first.

  11. 70 Debbie October 13, 2014 at 14:02

    Gee, Professor, I’m not enamored of Nick’s proverb this week. I can’t see as it’s necessarily true. I mean, just because one is exposed to light after dark doesn’t mean one knows that it’s ‘light.

    That said, #2 and #3 have definite possibilities. Since I know you’re going to make me choose, I’ll throw caution to the wind and go with #3. Not that someone who speaks slow is dull-witted, but yeah, kind of like that!

    Without looking up your ten-gallon word, I’m sorry but I have no clue what it means. Drat, now I don’t get to play flap-dragon, which sounds like such a fun thing to do on a dreary Monday!

    • 71 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:44

      That’s a very good point, Debbie. Personally, I like Shnod’s better!

      *laughing* I would have made you choose–it is true.

      Well…I’m not sure you’d like flap-dragon.

  12. 72 walt walker October 13, 2014 at 14:00

    Now, is Smiles’ condition really worsening? I think you could say it’s getting better. It’s a matter of perspective, perhaps. Maybe?

    • 73 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:43

      True. Do you like Smiles as he is?

      • 74 walt walker October 13, 2014 at 23:53

        I like all the PLers as they are. I’m very tolerant. Unless it gets personal. Then I can become quite wicked and snarfoogelish.

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:05

        *laughing* Snarfoogelish…that’s an awesome word, but what does it mean?

      • 76 walt walker October 15, 2014 at 00:05

        I was hoping you could tell me.

      • 77 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 12:03

        Something to do with a fish, I’d say…

  13. 78 Susan P October 13, 2014 at 13:39

    Someone needs to keep an eye on Dr. Z. Just saying.

    You should probably dock Nick’s salary.

    • 79 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:42

      I will, if you like.

      Can I shoot him in the thigh?

      • 80 walt walker October 13, 2014 at 23:54

        Now that would be terribly wicked. And what if you hit bone?

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:05

        Well, I’d tell him he was lucky not to be hit in the artery.

      • 82 Susan P October 13, 2014 at 23:55

        I think losing all of that money he makes would hurt more.

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:06

        *nods* You’re probably right about that, you know. Maybe I should just get him a cat.

      • 84 Susan P October 24, 2014 at 16:25

        Cats are worth their weight in gold. Really.

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke October 26, 2014 at 19:02

        Hmm…unless they’re mean.

      • 86 Susan P October 26, 2014 at 20:28

        You have a mean cat?

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke October 27, 2014 at 13:09

        Yes, I think…two of them.

      • 88 Susan P October 27, 2014 at 15:45

        Well, the Georges are few in number, that is for sure.

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke October 28, 2014 at 00:27

        I think I should get a George.

      • 90 Susan P October 28, 2014 at 12:02

        A George cat, or a George bill?

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke October 28, 2014 at 20:09

        Umm…cat?

      • 92 Susan P October 28, 2014 at 23:01

        Oh! Wise choice. He will sleep on your toes.

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke October 29, 2014 at 13:29

        And kill them…

      • 94 Susan P October 29, 2014 at 14:19

        Only if you move.

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke October 29, 2014 at 20:46

        *gulp*

      • 96 Susan P October 29, 2014 at 22:41

        They look like toys, you see. You can dissuade them, though with a laser light.

      • 97 Professor VJ Duke October 30, 2014 at 13:17

        I’ll have to get a few lasers.

      • 98 Susan P October 30, 2014 at 13:46

        Or a super laser.

      • 99 Professor VJ Duke October 30, 2014 at 22:02

        *nods*

  14. 100 L. Marie October 13, 2014 at 13:29

    I can’t choose between the proverbs. Each is zingy in its own way.
    Wow. Bombarded with slugs. Well, I guess there are worse things, rabid rats being one of them.
    Looking forward to hearing about Smiles Riot’s condition. If the Veezler is a mentor, could the condition be a death wish?
    I’m guessing Honorificabilitudinitatibus means “to believe that supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is actually a word.”

    • 101 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:42

      Zingy! What a great word, Linda.

      Rabid rats? *gulps* Do they exist?

      Good point. It could be a death wish, since that’s all the Veezler seems to care about.

      *laughing* Is that how you spell super…?

      • 102 L. Marie October 14, 2014 at 13:40

        Yes, that is indeed the spelling of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. :-)

      • 103 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 20:24

        Wow…that’s impressive.

  15. 104 PorterGirl October 13, 2014 at 13:22

    It is a close run thing between proverb one and three, but number one has more style so I will go with Nick.

    The Veezler as a mentor?! Yoikes! No wonder Smiles is rather… unwell.

    Mr R and Dr Z should have speaks more often – they are hilarious! But did Mr R ever get to the bottom of what actually makes one a gentelman? A mystery of the PL, I am sure.

    I could not tell you what that word meant without looking it up. I could have pretended I knew and just looked it up in secret, but I could not lie to the Professor. So I guess this means we will not get to play flap-dragon *curses*

    • 105 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:41

      Oh, huff-hum! You just favor Nick, and you know it, dadblameit!!!

      *nods* You should take Smiles in for a spell.

      It must be. I think Mr. R probably thinks he’s the only gentleman in the PL. He feels more special that way.

      *laughing lots* No need to curse! I actually forget what it means…and I really forget what snap-dragon is…but it might be painful!

      • 106 PorterGirl October 14, 2014 at 07:21

        Haha – someone has to favour Nick once in a while!

        Smiles would be welcome any time, I think I could straighten him out a little. And I would teach him how to make cherry muffins!

        Maybe he is the only gentleman. I think he just makes this ‘gentleman’ thing up as he goes along. But it’s good that he feels special.

        I don’t know what it is either, but it sounds fun. We should just reinvent it for ourselves.

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:16

        Well…rats!!!

        Wow…that would be great. How would you straighten him out?

        You know, I”d say you’re quite right. Someone needs to have a long talk with that boy.

        Let’s do it then. Cherries must be involved.

      • 108 PorterGirl October 14, 2014 at 13:02

        Haha – poor Nick! You know you are my favourite, though, don’t you Professor?

        Long walks and late nights listening to unusal music should do it. A few square meals should set him on the right path, as well. I imagine he doesn’t eat properly.

        I could be that someone!

        Cherries shall certainly be involved. Let’s do it, indeed *grins widely*

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 20:22

        Well… *blushes maybe, then smiles bigly* Aw!

        Yes. And that could be the problem. Eating is important. One can’t do without it. Maybe it would drive one insane to be away from food? I bet so. I like the idea of listening to unusual music…

        You’d do the trick, I’m sure!

        *laughs*

      • 110 PorterGirl October 15, 2014 at 07:31

        *Big grin*

        Being away from food makes me positively rabid! A full tummy is a good start for treatment of any kind. Send him to me, Professor!

        *Huge laughing*

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 12:14

        I will! He’ll come with a walking stick.

      • 112 PorterGirl October 15, 2014 at 13:07

        That sounds perfect. I shall make up the spare room.

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 22:43

        *bows* I’m forever thankful. After all, he is my cousin.

      • 114 PorterGirl October 16, 2014 at 08:51

        My pleasure, Professor. The Professor’s family shall always be welcome!

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 12:17

        *bows* I’m honored.

  16. 116 Bethy October 13, 2014 at 13:03

    Are slugs better then ants? I see ants everywhere I look and they bite too.

    I can’t even say that big long word, but flap-dragon sounds like fun! The perfect thing to brighten up a Monday?

    • 117 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:39

      Are they fire ants?

      Well, it has to do with eating hot raisins, if I recall correctly. Doesn’t it sound fun?

      • 118 Bethy October 16, 2014 at 14:44

        No, but they are biting ants!

        Hot raisins? Hmmm. Like hot because they are cooked, or spicy hot? I’m not sure…I think I might need more details to make an informative decision.

      • 119 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 23:03

        I think they’re boiled or something?

      • 120 Bethy October 20, 2014 at 10:07

        um. Okay. Well interesting?

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke October 20, 2014 at 18:57

        Disgusting, you mean!

  17. 122 John W. Howell October 13, 2014 at 13:01

    You haven’t made your bed until you lay in it.

    • 123 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:38

      Ahhh…now, I do like this one. But I’m a bit confused by it.

      • 124 John W. Howell October 13, 2014 at 22:58

        The bed’s major component, the reason fo being is the person. So a bed without a person is unmade.

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:04

        Yes. That is awesome. A good one, Mr. Howell. Should it be posted next week, do you think?

      • 126 John W. Howell October 14, 2014 at 12:52

        If you wish I would be glad.

      • 127 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 20:20

        *bows* Twill be my pleasure.

  18. 128 FictionFan October 13, 2014 at 12:50

    Nick wins! Though it sounds as depressing as something Smiles might say…

    Ugh! Slugs! He should make a potion

    Not only do I not know what honor…honori…hon…means, I don’t even know what flap-dragon means! But I bet there’s at least one missing ‘u’ in there…

    • 129 FictionFan October 13, 2014 at 20:02

      Here’s the truest proverb ever…

      Given a choice between chocolate and anything else, the wise will always choose chocolate.

      (Shnoddy would probably choose the anything else.)

      • 130 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member October 13, 2014 at 21:11

        Chocolate is good. But you overestimate it’s goodness.

      • 131 FictionFan October 13, 2014 at 21:27

        That would be impossible…all great warriors take along a Mars Bar for emergencies…

      • 132 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:47

        Yes, I think he would. *laughs* That’s a good one. Maybe I post it sometime?

      • 133 FictionFan October 14, 2014 at 00:47

        But didn’t you say Shnoddy would decide which to include? Don’t tell me… no… you’re not… you can’t be… Oh! It’s too horrible to contemplate… *shrieks and falls down in a dead faint*

      • 134 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:09

        *laughs* No! I meant I’d send it in. (You see, I’m the boss around this joint. So everyone has to do what I say.)

      • 135 FictionFan October 14, 2014 at 14:35

        Phew! What a relief! That is, if I can be sure you’re telling the truth… (Even Nick? ‘Cos he seems a bit of a maverick, sometimes…)

      • 136 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 20:25

        It is the truth… *maybe kinda laughs* Yes, he is. I’m waiting for you to shoot him, actually.

      • 137 FictionFan October 15, 2014 at 00:27

        I’m thinking of converting my pea-shooter so that it fires blancmanges instead or maybe slugs – perhaps I could try it out on Nick…

      • 138 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 12:05

        Slugs! That’s perfect. And definitely give it a go.

      • 139 FictionFan October 15, 2014 at 15:58

        Note to self: remember not to breathe in…

      • 140 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 22:51

        I bet they just taste like dirt.

      • 141 FictionFan October 16, 2014 at 00:10

        Euwww! *scrunched up face*

      • 142 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 12:09

        Dirt’s just earthy.

      • 143 FictionFan October 16, 2014 at 20:41

        What a coincidence! ‘Cos earth is so dirty.

      • 144 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 23:06

        *laughing* You should vacuum then!

      • 145 FictionFan October 17, 2014 at 14:02

        Mum? Mum? Is that you??

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke October 18, 2014 at 19:04

        *laughs* Hmm…not quite what I wanted, you know.

      • 147 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member October 14, 2014 at 13:26

        Hmm. I’d rather have raspberries.

      • 148 FictionFan October 14, 2014 at 14:42

        But did Hector eat raspberries? It doesn’t sound right…

      • 149 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member October 15, 2014 at 01:06

        Hector ran screaming like a girl from Achilles. VJ never told you that, did he?

      • 150 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 12:11

        *the most angriest face ever shown to any man ever at any time*

      • 151 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member October 15, 2014 at 14:43

        Sure…I am really scared now.

      • 152 FictionFan October 15, 2014 at 15:46

        Haha! How did I get in the middle of this war? I’m surprised Hector and Achilles didn’t get along though, given their mutual liking for wearing skirts…

      • 153 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 22:49

        Hector wore pants!

      • 154 FictionFan October 16, 2014 at 00:05

        Underpants? I should hope so!! Especially since his skirt is so short… *shocked to the point of swooning*

      • 155 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 12:08

        *growls at everything he sees for the next fifteen minutes*

      • 156 FictionFan October 16, 2014 at 20:40

        *whispers* Soooo fluffy!

      • 157 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 23:05

        But I heard it!

      • 158 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member October 16, 2014 at 01:25

        The real hero around here is King Leonidas. He’s the one that is strong.

      • 159 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 12:16

        Till he got an arrow through his eye!

      • 160 FictionFan October 16, 2014 at 20:22

        Goodness! I don’t know him at all – is he gorgeous? Does he wear pants?

      • 161 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 23:05

        He was the leader of the 300, I fear. (Doesn’t everyone wear pants?)

      • 162 FictionFan October 17, 2014 at 14:01

        The 300 what? Frenchmen? Goblins? Lemurs? (If only…)

      • 163 Professor VJ Duke October 18, 2014 at 19:04

        You know, the 300 Spartans at the pass of Therm…ther…thermopol…I can’t spell it. But he was at the pass and fought lots of Persians! (Yes?)

    • 164 Professor VJ Duke October 13, 2014 at 22:38

      But how can he beat Shnod? You see, he hasn’t worked at it as long. (That Pats are doing really good, btw.)

      Doesn’t Tuppence bring lots of those beasts in?

      No, Shakespeare came up with this, so I bet the ‘u’s are intact. I forget what it means, too. You sure you don’t want to play snap-dragon?

      • 165 FictionFan October 14, 2014 at 00:57

        Perhaps Nick was just born wise. Whereas poor old Shnoddy… well, I suspect he may have been dropped on his head when a baby… (Are they? I thought they were doing rubbish? You must tell me in advance when an interesting-sounding game is on, so’s I can see if it’s being shown over here. One where Mr Wilfork is playing…)

        *shudders* She does indeed! Yucky-yucky-yuck-yuck!

        Oh, Shakespeare was nearly as bad at spelling as Americans! Snap? Or flap? Personally I’d rather know the rules before playing anything with a dragon – I hear they can be quite temperamental.

      • 166 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 12:11

        I was probably dropped on my head. (Well, they’ve just started to do better. A rough start, you see. Well, Vince should play them all–unless he’s on IR (injured reserve). Your a Pats fan now! Cool.

        Did you ever think about starting a collection?

        He was? Nice! Glad you admitted that. I’m not sure…isn’t it the same? I don’t know really. I’m a dragon, you know.

      • 167 FictionFan October 14, 2014 at 14:40

        Fortunately your mop would have protected the Professorial brain. (You mean if his nose were to get hurt? That would be so sad. Though I suppose he could become an eyebrow tackle…)

        Yuck!!! To be honest, I’ve never seen slime as an essential requirement when choosing pets.

        Shakespeare was English. I don’t know – you’re the one who said you knew the rules!!! Smaug? Or Puff?

      • 168 Professor VJ Duke October 14, 2014 at 20:27

        *growls!* Bet I didn’t have one then! (I think you’re laughing me to scorn…)

        Slime can be nice. And slugs are so peaceful, you know. Poor dears.

        British! Umm…Elliot, actually. Elliot the dragon.

      • 169 FictionFan October 15, 2014 at 00:30

        Aw! A sweet little bald baby Prof! Simply yumptious! (No, not you – Vince! I hope he doesn’t read your blog…)

        Well, I’ll post any future ones to you then. Though you might not understand their accents.

        I knew even before I googled that Elliot would be c&a… *shakes head despairingly*

      • 170 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 12:07

        *laughing lots* Maybe I was never a baby! (Oh dear…I bet he doesn’t. We wouldn’t want to make someone that…large…too angry.)

        I’m great with accents!

        He’s not! Pink dragons can’t be cute.

      • 171 FictionFan October 15, 2014 at 16:02

        Ah! Created then! Like Frankenstein’s monster! That makes sense… (No!!! Although I’d be OK, ‘cos I’d just hide behind you.)

        So…you can do ‘slug’ but not Glaswegian? Och, aye!

        He is so! His pink hair is adorably fluffy – you should dye your mop that colour…

      • 172 Professor VJ Duke October 15, 2014 at 22:54

        Ew! That’s a horrid thought. That monster is ugly, though…so maybe. (You should just fire your peashooter at him.)

        Yeah…well, Glaswegian is much harder!

        *laughs* Have you ever seen that movie?

      • 173 FictionFan October 16, 2014 at 00:15

        I like it! You could have Rafa’s biceps, and Darby’s curl…and Schwarzy’s voicebox… *melts* (You don’t hink a slug in the face would make him even angrier?)

        Ach, awa wi’ ye! Naw it’s no! It’s pure dead easy, so it is!

        Oddly, no. Surprised?

      • 174 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 12:11

        *laughs* I would be a monster then! (True. We’ll have to get you something more powerful to shoot, I think.)

        Yer cow! That’s all the Glaswegian I know. Maybe it should have been ‘ye’.

        I’m not, actually. But I am surprised that you think I’d be surprised.

      • 175 FictionFan October 16, 2014 at 20:45

        But a cute one… (No, no – I’m British!)

        *gasps in shocked disbelief* That is so rude! Promise me you’ll never, ever, ever say that to a Glaswegian woman!

        I’m surprised that you’re surprised that I think you’d be surprised. I think.

      • 176 Professor VJ Duke October 16, 2014 at 23:07

        Hmm… (So?)

        *laughing shyly* Oh no. What did I say?

        Well…now I’m gardoobled, madam.

      • 177 FictionFan October 17, 2014 at 14:09

        (Well…we’re not allowed powerful weapons. In fact, if the authorities ever found about about my pea-shooter I’d end up in McCrackjaw…)

        It tends to imply that the ‘cow’ in question is not just nasty and horrible, but is also kinda common and probably has somewhat loose morals… Did you know that my name is Hebrew for ‘cow’? Imagine the fun of finding that out in a mixed-gender religious education class aged 14… *chuckles and phones therapist*

        Me too!

      • 178 Professor VJ Duke October 18, 2014 at 19:05

        (*shocked face* Can you have a katana?)

        *laughs and tries not* You have a great name, actually. I hope you like it now. You do know, don’t you, that I learned about ‘cow’ from that video in the elevator that you sent me. It’s your fault that I would have just died in Scotland!

      • 179 FictionFan October 20, 2014 at 12:41

        (Probably, but I wouldn’t be allowed to take it out of the house.)

        Tchah! Don’t try to put the blame on me, sir! I did warn you there were some rude bits…

      • 180 Professor VJ Duke October 20, 2014 at 19:00

        (Well, I smuggle one in for you…and then…you can practice with it, I guess…)

        *laughs* I thought that part was funny. It was a weird insult. But I didn’t know that it was…rude!

      • 181 FictionFan October 20, 2014 at 21:30

        I loved the whole thing, even the rude bits. Especially since I was in the middle of trying out one of those voice dictation thingy programmes for Amazon Vine at the time, and finding it didn’t speak Scottish either! That’s what reminded me of the clip…

      • 182 Professor VJ Duke October 21, 2014 at 14:33

        Me too! I even showed Nick, and we laughed. (My fav part was when he said cow, really.) I also like when they were calling out the number.

      • 183 FictionFan October 21, 2014 at 15:08

        I liked when they were yelling ‘Scotland!!!! Freeeeeeeedom!!!!!’

      • 184 Professor VJ Duke October 21, 2014 at 23:28

        *laughs* That got me too… That’s a Braveheart reference, right?

      • 185 FictionFan October 22, 2014 at 14:11

        It is! But it’s kind of passed into common use now as a joke whenever we feel the rest of the world is out to get us… *paranoid face*

      • 186 Professor VJ Duke October 22, 2014 at 19:34

        *laughing lots* Which, of course, is never.

      • 187 FictionFan October 22, 2014 at 23:09

        Depends on how much whisky has been imbibed generally…

      • 188 Professor VJ Duke October 24, 2014 at 15:53

        *nods knowingly*


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