I came across an interesting word tonight and thought I'd share it with you... nobble, the inspiration for which I have to give a right royal thanks!
At first glance, it appears to be a friendly little word... nicely rounded with an even amount of letters. On closer view however, it actually has a nasty meaning which gets quite sinister if you investigate further...
nobble [ nóbb'l ]
(3rd person present singular nobbles, present participle nobbling, past and past participle nobbled)
1. accost somebody: to make contact with somebody, especially in order to persuade that person to do something
2. influence somebody: to influence or persuade somebody using underhand or illegal means such as lies, threats, or bribes... an attempt to nobble the judges
3. disable racehorse: to prevent a racehorse from winning a race by drugging or disabling it
4. cheat somebody: to swindle or defraud somebody
5. steal something: to steal something from its owner
6. seize somebody: to seize hold of somebody
Now, I'm weighing up those definitions in one hand, and in the other hand I have everything that I've sucked in like a hungry sponge over the last three and a half years. You could be forgiven for wondering if a nice bit of nobbling came into the equation somewhere along the line?
Schoolchildren eagerly setting up jumble sales.
Elderly people giving their last.
Witnesses being visited by strangers.
Glass-eyed men - this comes under multi-nobbling but by just how many?
Forums, blogs, threads, all gone.
Journalists and reporters writing half truths and inane dribble.
Just how many individuals and high rankers have been accosted by our sinister little word nobble?
The new Crack Team - have they been deployed to seek and find or seek and nobble? Are they only semi-permanent because you just can't manage nobbling full time?
Wide awake nightmares of being nob nobbled, nib nabbed and being the big, bad nobbler. Who was nobbled, who did the nobbling and did the nobbling actually work? Are you paid to nobble or do you do it for free? Does nobbling come with a guarantee or is it simply nobble and be gone? Do you become a nobblette once you've been nobbled?
Well... all this talk of mind-boggling nobbling is making my eyes water! Looking at definition number 3, I always knew there was a reason Red Rum kept popping up in this case... or was that Mur Der?