It’s J Day!



Today’s J’s :-

0Jongleur – a medieval troubadour, wandering entertainer

Jocoserious both funny and serious

Jaconet thin cotton fabric 

Jaculate – hurl or dart as of knives and spears




There are several buskers in the street today but none like me. For I am Jonathan Hurlingham, the Jongleur from Birmingham. 

There’s a good spot.  I just need to drag my kit over there.  My skittles, book of odes, my lute – actually it’s a ukelele but it probably sounds the same – and my box of tricks.  Could you give me a hand? Thanks.

What do you think of my outfit?  I made it from scraps of jaconet.  I look really medieval, don’t I?  It’s a bit see-through but never mind.

First, a monologue.  Here goes!  Ahem …

“Here  I standeth

A humble man … deth

Here to entertain thee

With tales and tricks

and stunts and … things

and songs to, err, sing …  thee


Now for juggling. They’ll like this.  Here we go… up and down, round and round, higher and higher …  weee…!

“Whoops, sorry madam, are you okay?”

Now I’ll recite them this ancient poem I googled.   I like to be jocoserious and this is the serious bit, the jocs come later.  See what I did there?  Jocs … jokes?  I’ll pretend I’m reading it from this rolled manuscript.  Okay,  it’s a toilet roll but it looks realistic.

“Foules in the frith,

The fishes in the flod,

Flo, flu, fa……f…..”

Forget it!

Right, time to set up my target and demonstrate my knife-throwing skills to them.

“And now ladies and gentlemen I am about to jaculate.

– why are you laughing young man?

This is serious, dangerous even.

You jest at your peril”

That shut him up! 

Oh, everyone’s stepping backwards … and they are tuning … and they’re leaving … and they’ve gone.

It was worth a try.  Could you help me carry my stuff back to the car please? 


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Monday’s words

killock, kopje, kitchin and ketch

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38 thoughts on “It’s J Day!

  1. Christine Goodnough Apr 11, 2020 / 02:10

    Seeing knives in the hands of this joc-er, gave me the jitters — and I guess I wasn’t the only one. In future .J.H better jettison that part of his act. 🙂

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  2. Unishta Apr 11, 2020 / 02:35

    This busker is more of a danger than a jester …. his talents especially at knife throwing seem suspect . But good use of outdated words

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  3. Srivalli Apr 11, 2020 / 09:20

    Omg! Better be careful around him. And a see-through dress? Erm… that must have been something!
    Love the son, or was it a poem? 😛


  4. Arti Apr 11, 2020 / 09:26

    The joc bit got me rippling with giggles and by the time I read about his plans to jaculate, I was guffawing so loudly, I almost fell off my chair.
    OMG! this was funny.
    Cheers for the tears of joy:)
    I’m just about wiping those off lest they fall into my cuppa.
    Seriously though, I like the word ‘Jocoserious’ very much.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 11, 2020 / 11:07

      Wow, what a reaction! You laughed even more than I did when writing it! I can’t thank you enough for your lovely comment Arti.


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 11, 2020 / 11:11

      Oh yes – apart from the occasional karaoke session I’ve never attempted it!


  5. hilarymb Apr 11, 2020 / 14:28

    Hi Keith – I was worried about the jaculate … knives, spears or something worse … but I’d hate to be a jocular juggling busker – take care … enjoy the sun while we’ve got it … all the best – Hilary

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 11, 2020 / 16:11

      Beware, he’s thinking of coming to Eastbourne as soon as he’s able to! You enjoy it too Hilary and stay safe.

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      • hilarymb Apr 11, 2020 / 16:47

        Ha ha … juggler Joe coming over to jocular E/b … seeing his high-jinks along the promenade will raise everyone’s spirit … it was lovely down there today … cheers Hilary

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  6. Kathe W. Apr 11, 2020 / 15:08

    oh you had me laughing and laughing- what a great use of these words! Cheers!

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  7. Anagha Yatin Apr 11, 2020 / 15:50

    Is he a JOAT?
    I hope he did not hurt someone with his half baked skills. Beware of this busker, I must say.
    Good one Keith.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 11, 2020 / 16:17

      Haha! He tries to be but unfortunately, he’s master of none! He’s practising at home during the lockdown – neighbours beware! Thanks, Anagha


  8. soniadogra Apr 11, 2020 / 16:36

    Lol Keith…I’m jocoserious that I had a good laugh.
    But a dangerous fella huh! Better watch out!

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  9. Dipali Bhasin Apr 12, 2020 / 10:45

    I stumbled upon your blog today and I can’t express how much I have enjoyed reading your unique way of writing. Truly entertaining with a plethora of unusual words to add on to one’s vocabulary. This one is such a fun post.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 12, 2020 / 11:53

      Thanks so much for dropping by and for your generous words.

      I just tried visiting your blog but the link didn’t work! I’ll keep trying. Thanks again.


  10. Varad Apr 12, 2020 / 20:20

    Ah well! He dideth hist besteth to entertaineth them. This was easily the best from your this year’s AtoZ collection, Keith. The comical value of this tale was just too good.

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  11. hank77 Apr 13, 2020 / 00:33


    Witty guy, you, Keith! Fantastic humor with those very unusual words not often seen. Hank used to visit your blog before but it has been a long time since. “why are you laughing young man?” That’s a classic shot Hank spotted the word too and it is decent! They laughed because it sounds indecent but was reassured. And you gave another classic display of the “olde English” words. Wonderful write enjoyed it Thanks for visiting!


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  12. Shweta Suresh Apr 17, 2020 / 21:16

    Oops! This made me laugh a lot. Great tale, Keith! Loved it. 🙂


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