The weather is fine, the computer hasn't crashed since last week and everything's hunky-dory.
That's probably because I've had a few days off for a family celebration (Congratulations! You know who I mean) which involved driving down the east coast of Australia (well, not all of it) picking up various offspring, nephews and nieces, parents etc., and convoying down to the state of Victoria.
I was haunted all the way down by 'quid' - we haven't used pounds, shillings and pence here for rather a long time so this old piece of slang may have nearly disappeared from common use. Nonetheless it still lurks in our word lists and we're debating whether it should still be there.
In any case, if you were using it in the currency meaning, then it worked as a mass noun, for example, 'I paid nearly fifty quid for that!'. In fact, the only usage I can think of in which a plural form was used is 'wouldn't be dead for quids', which I wouldn't.
Not that you'd be allowed to be dead for quids or anything else if you're driving in that southern state. Firstly because it was a very beautiful drive - from Canberra to Bomballa then down to the coast at Cann River and onward - through five or more levels of vegetation types as you descend from the alpine areas. But mostly because of the road signs.
We were already doing the 'stop every couple of hours' and sharing the driving but even had one been obliged to drive the whole way, I'm not sure it adds to road safety to be adjured every ten kilometres or so to 'POWERNAP NOW'. This when driving on a lovely bit of winding road with high clay embankments which, having had a fair bit of rain recently, had slumped rather onto the verges of the road giving you no room at all to park safely on the edge - and it being unlikely that a powernap in the middle of the road would have the desired impact on safety.
Unfair - the intention is admirable and, if the wording gave us a giggle, at least it kept us awake to read the next one.
So everything's coming up roses... or whatever your favourite 'happiness' phrase is.
And should we save our quids?
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