What the Dickens!
Yes, that’s me,
I’m straight from a Fairy Story,
So don’t “Bah! Humbug” me.
Why not, instead,
Wish me a “Merry Christmas? “
I’m not given to Fluffiness,
I don’t attempt to Flummox people,
Even those who give me The Creeps;
No! I’m a straight guy,
Maybe a bit of a Doormat.
Never going on the Rampage;
No, Not me….
Suffering Boredom from time to time,
And a bit of a Butterfingers
When it comes to relationships.
Oh, yes, I’ve suffered …
Straight from the Casualty Ward of Life
Via its discarded Egg Box,
Straight Into its everlasting Dustbin …
. . . Sad, but, the Story Of My Life.
My Christmas story – above – is based on an Article by Gyles Brandreth in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ on Xmas Eve – 24/12/19. He notes that Dickens helped popularise many words and phrases which are now in common usage. Overall Dickens is credited with coining 258 new words, including:
‘Merry Christmas’; ‘Bah! Humbug!’
Doormat (when used to describe someone who gets walked all over by other people);
Boredom; Cheesiness; Fluffiness; Flummox; Rampage;
The Creeps (as in, to give someone the creeps);
Dustbin; Casualty ward; Fairy story; Butterfingers; Egg box.