Monday, June 28, 2010

I'd had enough

of pesty Dexter. I chopped off his head and tossed it out in the garden.

Time to mow the lawn or what, huh?


  1. Gosh. Poor Dex....what'd he do to deserve THIS fate?

  2. And his ears stayed up!

  3. It does look bad, doesn't it! I sure hope he's crouching, because if he's sitting up and the grass is that deep - you've got a problem!

  4. Not to be an annoying English teacher, but because you tend to use excellent grammar and spelling in general so might want to know:
    Pesty is not an actual word in English. Pesky means annoying or troublesome.
    Dykes is slang for lesbians or masculine women. Dikes means levees or raised linear mounds of earth meant to protect enclosed land from high water.
    Respectfully, The Grammar Police

  5. OK..Just to throw the cat among the pigeons...I am not Canadian and learned 'dyke' was a raised mound of earth, waaaaay before the word was widely used for lesbians (which is a slang word after all).
    Check out Oxford English Dictionary......

    (also dike)

    • noun 1 an embankment built to prevent flooding from the sea. 2 an earthwork serving as a boundary or defence: Offa’s Dyke. 3 a ditch or watercourse. 4 Geology an intrusion of igneous rock cutting across existing strata. Compare with SILL.

    • verb provide (land) with a dyke to prevent flooding.

    — ORIGIN Old Norse, related to DITCH.

    Seems to me that either spelling is OK.
    Just my two cents worth. Oh and love Dex, as always.

  6. Thanks fostermum - this seems to come up fairly often, and I have gone over it before but ... a dyke was a levee before it was a lesbian. Dike with an "i" was actually chiefly British and was not a levee but a sod wall. When North Americans coined "dyke" to be a slang for lesbian, they adopted "dike" for levee, which is not its original usage. It says a lot about North American obsession with sexuality (and possibly its disinterest in etymology) that DYKE is known pretty well only as sexual

    As for PESTY, that's a word of my own. I realize it's not an actual word. Pesky generally refers to a small annoyance. Dexter is not small, nor is his annoyance factor small - I think pesty describes him a lot more accurately. I will also from time to time use words like "GINORMOUS" and "FANTABULOUS" neither of which are 'real' words but amalgamations of two or more other adjectives. These are things I do with the wonderful English language.


    English Literature major in University ;-)

  7. Here's my penny's worth...I think PESTY is one of those words that SHOULD be a 'real word'. I know it applied to my younger siblings!!! and to my son when he was a whiny toddler!!!
    so, keep using 'pesty' - it's clear what it means, and that is the point of communication.

  8. I'm on the 'pesty' bandwagon - even if your spell checker doesn't like it. I know what a 'pest' is - I don't know what a 'pesk' is.