BRANNIGAN: The word that should have never been lost
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The English language is a great thing. It’s convenient, sounds nice, and is often the language people on the telly speak in so we don’t have to deal with subtitles and all that. I’ve spoken to a few mates and the general consensus is that the best thing about the English language is the words. We’ve had some real greats over the years. Some real classics; Curmudgeonly is a good one. Doubloons, hyperpolyglot, saucy, and phantasmagoria are also good shouts. The thing with the English language is, it’s always getting bigger. New words are always popping up. 2012 saw the introduction of soon-to-be-household-favourites such as Cyberchondriac; one who imagines that he is ill, having just read about the symptoms on the internet, Nonversation, which is a conversation that seems meaningless or ridiculous. Facekini is another one. It’s a kind of mask which is worn around on the beach to prevent facial tanning. The less said about ‘Facekini’, the better, really. But now, just because we’ve got all these fun new words doesn’t mean we should forget about the old ‘uns. Of course, solids like Doubloons and Phantasmagoria will never die out. But, unfortunately, some old reliables’ get left by the wayside. I’m of course talking about those old favourites such as Bablatrice (A female babbler. A lady who enjoys a good chat. Or a babble) and of course Curwhibble (A thing-a-ma-jig or a what-ya-ma-callit). It’s a widely known fact that you simply could not purchase anything from 1750s B&Q without having a ‘curwhibble’ or two in your arsenal. We all know how hard it was as a language to lose those last two but there’s one word whose sad and untimely demise has hit us as a nation a lot harder than any others. I’m of course referring to ‘Brannigan’. A great word from a great time (1927) created by a great man (Terry Brannigan). It means ‘a drinking spree’. It can also mean ‘squabble’ but I’m not referring to that bit. Brannigan only had 80 short years on this good earth and of course died out in the great fire of Brannigan (2007). Brannigan isn’t just fun to say, it’s also useful. I don’t know about you, but there’s probably about 25-30 conversations a day in my home that could easily make room for Brannigan. Not just make room for it, welcome it. ‘What are you up to tonight?’ ‘Not really sure, might pop out for a few drinks, then might have a few more, you?’ A great answer to a great question, obviously, but Brannigan could make it a bit more concise; ‘What are you up to tonight?’ ‘Going to have a bit of a brannigan I think, you?’ Or maybe even just; ‘Going out branniganing’ or simply just ‘BRANNIGANS. LOTS AND LOTS OF BRANNIGANS’. I know what you’re thinking, and I’ll tell you what, I’m thinking the same thing too; Brannigan could change everything. At this moment in time, the word the national media tend to most frequently use for defining ‘going out for a few drinks’ is ‘binge’. Personally, I’m not really a fan of it. It sounds negative. And a word that makes our national pastime (getting pissed) sound negative is frankly not alright in my books. There’s also the fact that ‘binge’ might be one of the roughest words this side of Collins Dictionary Towers. It’s widely accepted that the only words in the English language more disconcerting and worrisome than Binge are; trough, moist, residue, gusset, and effusion. Binge is a bloody horrendous word. Binge: – to overdrink/overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself; "She stuffed herself at the dinner"; "The kids binged on ice cream."
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