Thursday, November 02, 2006

Picking up stompies (*)

Walking into that freezing box, euphemistically known as the smoking-room, I overhead part of the conversation between two fellow workers:

Tall, thin, cadaverous youth (the sort that pronounces it ‘yoof’) with wonky teeth: ‘I don’t know how I managed it, I was so pissed, but I managed to shag her. I woke up in the morning to find her there and thought, what the fuck, who are you.’

Much shorter woman: ‘What was wrong with her?’

Yoof: ‘I suppose she was alright, not really that much of a minger.’

Woman (sounding slightly defensive): ‘She probably didn’t look her best if she had a hangover.’

Yoof: ‘Yeah, you’re right. I think I’ll keep her number, maybe text her sometime.’

Woman: ‘For when you’re desperate?’

Yoof (grinning wonkily): ‘Yeah.’

Refreshing honesty? Maybe. But it sounds so wrong to me. Since when did men starting talking to women about other women like that?

(*) South African slang (not to be confused with Stompie Moeketsi): stompie - A cigarette butt. From the Afrikaans stomp, meaning "stump". The term picking up stompies means intruding into a conversation at its tail end, with little information about its content.


Blogger Caroline said...

Maybe he was so pissed, he missed...

Hey I've done my first 1860 words! Yippee! Have you got going yet or should I turn down the joy and get out before you bite me for reminding you that its Novemeber already?

6:36 pm  
Blogger DougZAR said...

Picking up stompies would be a great book title, don't you think? I wonder if anyone has used it yet . . .

And pray tell this dom Sutheffrican, what is a minger? Although I can probably guess.

7:27 am  
Anonymous Chitty said...

I pick up stompies all the time. What else would I have to blog about?
Seems an odd convo to have with a woman. Perhaps he was so proud of his conquest, he just had to share it with someone... anyone.

7:30 am  
Anonymous nyasha said...

oh, what a laugh! i am sitting here at the keyboard saying "yoof" over and over. I can picture some dodgy Eastenders characters having that conversation!!
In a way it is good that there is no conversation barriers between men and women these days, no?

12:18 pm  
Blogger Terri said...

In my humble opinion (!) that conversation embodies everything that is wrong with society in these parts. Nobody respects anybody. What happened to romance???
And when did I turn into my mother???

1:10 pm  
Blogger Dawn said...

I too can totally see this Yoof in the Caf on the square, and I bet he also says things like, "aks" instead of, "ask." I am so pleased you posed this questions as I think it is very sad that women let morons, sorry, I mean men like this talk about other women in this way ... without telling them to go home and fuck themselves. We've all had bad shags in our lives, but rarely do you hear of a bad wank, Tosser!

2:33 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Caroline: I keep reminding myself all the time yet I’ve done nothing about it yet. I have a perfectly formed novel in my head but it’s not had a chance to come out yet. This weekend, I hope.

But, good on you for getting going.

DougZAR : Yes, a great title. It’s probably not been used yet – do you have an idea for a book that could use the title?

Here is the definition for minger.

Chitty: I pick them up too. And, yes, picking them up does give you blog-fodder.

nyasha: It is good that many of the barriers have gone down but I think that a modicum of respect is always good.

Terri: Mummy, mummy, what’s romance? :-)

Dawn: I sometimes wonder if the British youth are particularly bad. The recently released government findings/statistics seem to indicate so.

3:33 pm  
Blogger xmichra said...

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5:03 pm  
Blogger xmichra said...

i really didn't mean to delete my comment! darn glitchy things.

Anyways, what i was saying...
I have plenty of really awesome guy frineds. More guys than girls actually. And you couldn't ask for more loyal, outsanding, fun and trusting people to be your friend. But guys are truthful, and you get than kind of conversation because of it. Call it right, or wrong, or ignorant. But it was honest, and it wasn't slamming the chick (like calling her a ho or what have you). he was being honest about his feelings on it.. without saying crap like a girl. " he was alright, but i didn't feel connected... " blah blah blah.

5:09 pm  
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