Monday, November 06, 2006

Word of the Day

Melacoholic. noun. A person inclined to drink alcohol to suppress feelings of melancholy.

Overheard (last night) on Marylebone High Street:
Female #1: Just saw Borat. Self-satisfied crap.
Female #2: Really? But the reviews were so good?
Female #1: I should have gone to the French one about the piano teacher. What is it with the French and pianos by the way?
Female #2: Not sure. But, what I have always wondered is, how French women can wear scarves without them falling off one shoulder?
Female #1: Dunno. Hey, are there any Spanish wines on sale in Tesco's this week?
Female #2: No, think it's a cheap Chardonnay left over from summer.
Female #1: I always take to drinking more after the 15th of October. I call it my melacoholic season. A Croatian guy told me that once and it has stuck with me. Melancholic and alcoholic, get it?
Female #2: Yeah, I am drinking more too. Think it is because you feel entitled with Christmas on the way?
Female #1: Na. For me, it's the realisation that I live on a small island that is going to be covered with greyness for six months.
Female #2: I agree. Why is everybody calling grey the 'new black' this year? The fashion world is so conspiratorial.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hysterical! Thanks for the Monday LOL city slicker

1:19 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

Ditto LOL
Did you really hear this?

1:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all, was Borat not good? Did read reviews that are excellent.

1:28 pm  
Anonymous bighouselittleman said...

Melacoholic. Love it. Genius. that was me last night. And why can't British television fill the need for decent programming on a Sunday night? I blame the broadcasters not the drinking public.

1:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but may I interfere? Do you not think Mrs City Slicker that you are not being so slick by downplaying what in many instances is an untreatable and life threatening disease?

I think too often society laughs off drink abuse but comes down hard on drug abuse. The hypocrisy is everyhere and your blog entry epitomises it.

1:41 pm  
Blogger Shep said...

Since I became tee-total, I find I can be all smug and sycophantic about drinkers. My Dad is in the wine trade, and I used to accompany him to at least 1 tasting a week round London. I still get tickets to the London Wine Trade Fair every year, and pass them on to other, more drinky people.

I did recently think of having a day of resuming drinking - 16th November, which is Beaujolais Nouveau day. This used to be a big deal 20 odd years ago - people racing across the channel 6am Beaujolais breakfasts...but now all the supermarkets seem to get them well in advance and put them on the shelves early, which is a shame. For the record, the Beaune variety is always the best.

But anyway I'm sticking to plan A, which was to only drink booze over the 12 days of Christmas, then stop again for the year. It makes it more of a fun event then. Mebbe I'll try a different type of alcohol for each day...hmmm...Champagne Christmas Day, Red Wine on Boxing Day, then...etc

1:45 pm  
Anonymous honkman said...

I agree that alcohol should not glibly be talked about or written about for that sake. Promoting the treatment of emotional states with alcohol is what leads to dependency. And no Shep alcohol is not just for Christmas. Like a dog you can't return it when it takes over your life.

2:01 pm  
Blogger Shep said...

Personally, Honky...yes I can. But that's just me.

2:04 pm  
Anonymous Tanya said...

Dig the new word.
Can see it catching on.

2:49 pm  
Anonymous max said...

Borat was really disappointing. Far too much about him and 'Khazakstan' ... both too flimsy to carry the film. Not nearly enough encounters with real people, though there was one terrifying encounter with some fratboys. Wait for the DVD.

3:16 pm  
Blogger Moaner Lisa said...

wait for the dvd in the sales....

3:29 pm  
Anonymous Henry said...

Now that the Borat movie is out, it seems like he has become the commercial whore that Austin Powers became back in 1999 and even more so in 2002. I don’t want to come across like a snob - if more people see Borat and it makes them laugh - great. It’s just that to an old fan like myself - a certain innocence has been lost forever. I once dressed up as Borat on Halloween, but now that everyone will be doing it (I’m sure), it’s just not the same. I can’t blame things for getting over-commercialized but once people reduce a character to “hey, say that one tagline everyone knows, ” the character loses its edginess. And I like edginess.

3:36 pm  
Blogger City Slicker said...

Agree with Max and Moaner.

Borat is nice...not! The best bits were pre-released in the trailer and across YouTube. I suspect that is what many of the early reviews were based on.

I think it was hearing him say 'make sexy time' that really turned me off though so I could be biased.

3:51 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


My favourite bit was 'romance explosion'

4:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funniest movie ever. God, It was so nasty at times.. but so freaking funny. I had a 8 year old sitting next to me in the theater..and at times his facial expressions were priceless... Got to see this movie..LOL funny ...

4:36 pm  
Anonymous badgelady said...

I definitely agree SAD and drinking are linked. Just makes you wonder if all your teachers at school were raving drunks part of the year? Would help explain some of the gaps in my education it would :-)

4:37 pm  
Anonymous Ella said...

I am just so amazed how well it is doing in the US and is only on 800 screens or something inane.
Maybe the times are a changin' across the pond at long last

4:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you think the Finns drink so much?

Borat was very over hyped. Think the reviews were bought.

5:09 pm  
Anonymous Frank N Stein said...

Overheard in NYC today:

Then Dad Told Him the Story of the Sword in Sharon Stone

Little boy: I didn't bring my sword!
Father: Why not?
Little boy: It's not big enough.
Father: Son, size doesn't matter.

--Medieval Festival, Fort Tryon Park

5:43 pm  
Anonymous Deborah said...

After dragging him with me to see the Borat movie last night, my father is ready to ship me off to Kazakhstan. His justification of this is that if I move there and marry Borat, I will no longer be around to deplete his well's water supply with my 10 minute long showers every morning.

In all seriousness, if you haven't seen Borat yet, go see it. There haven't been many movies I've seen that have actually made me laugh out loud, but this one had me rolling and gasping for breath from start to finish.

5:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like your blog
Found it from Time Out. Cool stuff here. Like the variety of topics.

7:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like your blog
Found it from Time Out. Cool stuff here. Like the variety of topics.

7:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we need a city slicker dictionary :-)

8:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure I recognise at least one of the people from your overheard conversation

Agreed Borat about 60 mins too long..otherwise great !

12:35 am  
Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Thanks for adding a new word to my personal lexicon. One would hope I would only use it in moderation.

P.S. It's a shame that people are all too willing to share comments under their cloak of anonymity - if they have the courage of their convictions, they should not be afraid to say who they are, right?! Can we all loosen up just a little?!

1:52 am  
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