After causing unwarranted merriment by using the rather British phrase ‘Irksome’ to my American-born son Leo, and getting it fed back to me by all his friends with great mirth, I realise that I have scored a partial “own goal” by referring occasionally to boys who do something silly in gymnastics classes, or don’t understand simple instructions, as ‘Nerks’ – a hopefully meaningless word which I must have conjured out of the air as in ‘Don’t be a nerk!’
I think I have called people ‘nerks’ for years. So I just looked it up in the dictionary and it isn’t there. Not with an ‘e’ nor with an ‘i’. The nearest word I can find is ‘nerka’ which appears to be a native American word from the north-west coast referring to a sockeye salmon. So I suppose that calling someone a ‘nerk’ when he does something stupid is better than a slap in the face with a wet fish…
Leo has been warned! See picture above left… (with thanks to Ian for finding that)
We’ll continue the picture theme of
Boys Having Fun Together
One that’s a bit different (and a bit gay):
And then, anticipating winter weather:
Get in training now. Back to the beach, though:
What’s going on here?
This one’s easier to explain: ballet, methinks:
Some variations on a theme:
Lifters have fun just showing off what they’ve built together:
Bar boys too:
Or you can just ‘nerk’ around in the gym when you should be lifting:
Before the finale, the inevitable:
And, finally for today, a warning to Leo: for the irksome nerk, here is the final solution!