Welcome to a feature where I have imagined a question in order to make a post out of me answering that question.

I have called this style of posts ‘IQ’, which is of course short for ‘Imaginary Questions’.

I once read a blog where this sort of post was called Frequently Unasked Questions, which looks good at first but then you realise how it reads when initialised. I have no aversion to using initialisations otherwise, and I don’t expect anyone will get IQ confused with anything else.

The IQ’s could be about anything, but more often than not, they’re not.

Anyway, let’s get started.

IQ: Why do you have a category called ‘edgeways‘? I’m not really sure what it’s meant to mean.

Ah. OK, you’ve heard of the phrase ‘can’t get a word in edgeways’? Although some cultures use the word ‘edgewise’ because they’re odd?

Well, edgeways are my blog post equivalents to what happens when the person to who you have just moments ago complained to about that very thing replies to you ‘Well… go on then.’

This generates a pause, a splutter, and then an immediate and involuntary bout of complete rambling nonsense, in order to try to justify that you did have a coherent and intelligent point of view to offer on this occasion, if only you could be listened to for a change.

However, in all honestly you weren’t expecting that you would get the chance to say it–and, on further internal reflection, you are not sure that you can remember what it was, had probably not thought it through properly and are now just generally bumbling and meandering in the hope that some sort of direction will present itself somewhere along the way–perhaps helped by either GPS, an object in the room you can see, or suddenly remembering an amusing but interesting fact you read on Twitter about Penguins.

Thank you for your question.

7 thoughts on “skipped gear IQ; edgeways

        1. More that we probably shouldn’t be trying so hard to deny WE are nature too… won’t matter how hard we’re trying to convince ourselves we can control everything when one tiny virus microbe can sweep through and everything changes… for about a year… and then tries to go ‘back to normal’.
          ‘We’ve got it under control’–where ‘it’ is nature–is a myth, and will be until we learn to live as part of it, not try to be on top of it.


          1. I agree completely……but sadly I think man does not want to ‘give in’ and be part of nature…it would mean losing some control……and if there’s one thing man hates is losing control….I also think inborn (?) greed has a lot to to with it….

            The lowest form of life, a virus, is able to take over and control the highest form of life……how ironic is that?

            Grow up Man…..sadly I don’t think it’s capable Bryn


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