Today’s word prompted by Word Press is enroll which must have been chosen by an American as it appears to have been spelt incorrectly as it contains one too many l’s, namely two, which is unusual as the Americans normally have a tendency to remove letters rather than add them

This reminded me of the old saying “there are two l’s in rollocks” which can be the American way of spelling rowlocks, which as we all know is the U shaped piece of metal which keeps an oar in place when rowing.

However the rowlock is located in the gunwale, effectively the side of the boat, which strangely in American is spelt gunnel, now, I can see the point of spelling words as they sound, but I have to admit to being a tad old fashioned and prefer to use the original version, wherever possible.

At this point, one has to mention the Plimsoll line, another word with two l’s in it, which is the load line of a vessel. The line was invented by Samuel Plimsoll and as far as I can tell we all spell it the same, which is useful as I didn’t want this blog to sound like a load of rollocks.

Not wishing to remain with the nautical theme I shall move on to a different tack and mention Groucho Marx who allegedly having been black balled from enrolling into a golf club because he was Jewish, wrote them a letter saying, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” I think he made his point.

Personally I have never enrolled in a golf club, I find it hard to imagine how one can derive pleasure from hitting a little ball into a small hole dragging your golf bats behind you. Often attributed to Churchill was the comment that “golf was a way to spoil a good walk.” My wife, who was a keen horsewoman often commented that a golf links were a dreadful waste of pasture, but I have no idea of the original derivation of the phrase.

Well, I have to leave you now as I have enrolled in a local evening class which I’m hoping will assist me with future blogs, it is of course, a spelling class.


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Joe-Wells/e/B06XKWFQHT/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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1 Response to Enroll.

  1. your dry humor is hilarious!!

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