January 11, 2003
Missing A Fish In A Barrel?

Tim Blair's latest post refers to someone I've never heard of as "Richard 'Sure Does' Blow". That make me wonder all the more why neither he nor any of the contestants in his Andrew Motion Poet Laureate Challenge has made the obvious joke about "Andrew 'Bowel' Motion". Too obvious and unsubtle even for the poets of the Blogosphere?

Posted by Dr. Weevil at January 11, 2003 01:36 AM

I did use "turd" in my poem. But maybe that Norwalk virus (or whatever it is called) is too recently a painful memory for some people... I always hated the term "bowel motion," by the way. It's so vague. So your bowels are "moving" -- what does that mean?

Posted by: Andrea Harris on January 11, 2003 11:04 AM

Up here, and perhaps down there, the word is movement not motion.


Posted by: J.M. Heinrichs on January 11, 2003 05:45 PM

"Bowel movement" is indeed much commoner, with 62,400 hits on Google, which I suppose makes it the standard phrase. But "bowel motion" is also solidly attested as an alternative wording with 1,380 hits. As for ugliness, Andrea, surely that's a plus in a poem about Andrew Motion.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on January 11, 2003 06:33 PM