To woodcock (verb)

Posted: September 30, 2017 in language, Life, Music
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Earlier this week Ian (bf) and I went to see Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in concert at Nottingham Ice Arena. Cave has long been one of my favourite songwriters, and it was an awesome concert.

But before it began we had a lengthy wait in our seats. At one point, Ian discreetly drew my attention to a guy sitting in the next row, reading his kindle while he waited.

‘Look,’ Ian said. ‘He’s woodcocking.’

This is a relatively common occurrence in our lives. Ian is always astonished when he finds someone not of my clan displaying the same behaviours he finds so particular to my sisters and I. I believe he shares his observations with my sister’s husband. Possibly they titter.

To woodcock now has at least four distinct meanings, according to Ian.

Woodcock (verb):

  1. to use every pot and pan in the kitchen in the preparation of one meal.
  2. to take any opportunity to go for a wee, whether you want one or not.
  3. to blink when your photograph is taken.
  4. to carry a book wherever you go, and fit in a quick read at any and every opportunity.

I suppose it’s oddly pleasing to be made into a verb, however irreverent the intention. But it’s also strange to find that behaviours you take for granted as absolutely normal can seem less so to other people.

I kind of hope woodcocking one day makes its way into your dictionary.

emma in robot mask

I have learned to mitigate for woodcocking (3) tendencies by wearing a mask.

Comments
  1. Ian Dack says:

    Meaning 5: To finish your meal but leave perhaps two peas and a slice of carrot because ‘there’s nothing to go with them’.

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