Poetry

Stickytape

“Stickytape” has always been my word for it, not “Adhesive Tape”, as enunciated by a better class of user, never “Durex”, tainted by the protective proclivities of the English, while “Scotch” mocks highlander thrift necessitated by English butchery and odious betrayal by lairds turned overly fond of sheep, “Sellotape” sounds pallid, and some say “Transparent Tape” but only pedants insist on “Transparent Adhesive Tape” which nonetheless lists the qualities making the stuff ideal for repair of books, a cosmetic procedure where drifting surfaces are dragged back together and perhaps more pleasingly aligned, although, as with humans, the contents still rot…

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