Nothing cheers me so much as the random and unexpected use of words from down the back of the English-language-sofa first thing on a Monday morning.
I sat down at my desk, turned on my computer, logged on to my unsurprising homepage and was greeted by a story rolling across the breaking news ticker with the headline
I was uppity, bumptious – Blunkett
Never mind what the rest of the story was, it wasnt that thrilling but it was quite the most English, cute little headline I could ever hope to read at that dreadful hour of the day. Also, I think that Uppity Bumptious might be a small village in Norfolk. I could be wrong.
I started thinking about my train ride. I was jiggly, grumpsome – Pickard. I was skittish, narky – Anna, this morning.
Then later, during a completely unrelated search for an amusing word for underwear, I happened upon this fitting wikipedia article on inherently funny words. It contains such magnificently po-faced sentences as
An old Internet phenomenon involved taking lines from the Star Wars movies and replacing one word from the line with the word pants, with comedic effect.  This suggests that pants may be an inherently funny word.
And frankly, since its very utterance in the sentence above had me sniggering for several minutes, I have to admit theyre right.
also on the word duck. Although Im not sure that I agree it works with *every* word beginning with k, as suggested several times in the thing. But of course come words are inherently funny.
And I think – for me anyway, bumptious is one.
As is Norks.
In fact, all day, since that discovery, I have been thinking really quite hard trying to think of words that are, in themselves, funny.
And I cant. Im stuck. Nothing, yet, is overriding the small hamlet of Uppity Bumptious. Or, in fact, the word Noodles.
And yet Pants shall rise above them all.