Friday, 25 January 2008

Popinjay! Pockmark! Pithecanthropus!

I was happy to come across this glossary of insults from the indomitable Captain Haddock. As a child, Tintin was the first thing that really inspired me to read, in marked contrast to the tiresome, unchallenging books I was prescribed by school (in true state 'education' fashion, my mother received a note instructing her to prevent me reading more than five pages a night, as I was reading 'too fast.')

The Captain's contribution enriches them no end, providing much of the comedy and all the best lines.


Clunking Fist said...

I bought for my son the complete DVDs and a number of the books. He loves them. Once he starts school he should learn to read, then he'll enjoy them even more!

Trooper Thompson said...

I've never been too keen on the cartoon versions, but they certainly helped my reading ability no end.

You'll have to expect certain questions, like 'dad, what does ectoplasm mean?'