which is a shame really. . . but there you go! and while we're there: ironmonger's - an interesting word if ever I saw one!the weird thing about the word monger. . .
(third-person singular simple present mongers,
present participle mongering, simple past and past participle mongered)
to sell or peddle something
a dealer in a specific commodity, normally used in combination
there's no inbetween; I mean, I've never heard of a joymonger or a happinessmonger, have you? I think I have found a flaw in the English language and might have to invent a new word to fill the gap! altho, having said that, it could just be proof of how undereducated I am and in fact such words do exist
but all this has made me think of one of my favourite books, which is about a quest to find the perfect love token. . .
The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams
by Frederic Clement
. . .some of the suggestions are the pea from The Princess and the Pea, a troop of elephants as small as specks of sand, and Mona Lisa's beauty spot. . .
here's another one:
I remember once being given a bunch of wild white roses, freshly cut: some of the flowers were in bud, some open and some slightly fading - they shed petals all over the ground. . .
they were quite beautiful
and all of this is distracting me from my DIY