Post by Peter Moylan
We've been getting news lately about how covid fragments are being found
in sewage. That triggered a discussion about unattractive jobs.
"George, dive into the pond and grab a turd for me, would you?"
"But I can't swim!"
"Well, just go through the motions."
Do other languages have that sense of "motions"? It seems that all the
Romance languages do, according to Google Translate; but my faith in
Google Translate was shaken by a translation from Finnish that I saw
earlier this evening.
Motions Creek, in the suburbs of Auckland, has incurred its share of
jokes along those lines. Actually named for a Scottish settler, William
Motion, who had a mill in the area.
For the moving of the bowels, "motion" is actually quite a bit older
1602 W. Shakespeare Merry Wives of Windsor iii. i. 95 Shall I lose
my doctor? No, he giues me the motions And the potions.
1766 C. Anstey New Bath Guide ii. ii. 14 We must swallow a Potion
For driving out Wind after every Motion.
1891 New Sydenham Soc. Lexicon Movement,..the act of evacuating the
bowels; as well as the matter resulting therefrom.
"Movement" for the matter resulting therefrom was known to me as a
child. "Motion(s)" was new to me when I arrived in NZ -- perhaps now
used mainly by doctors and nurses.