Speaking of which, a question: does anyone know what years comics writer Peter Milligan and artist Brendan McCarthy were born in? I'm praising them to the skies for a book that wants to include their years, as in Peter Milligan, 196*-present... it's for posterity, see?
Once again I failed to take comics to the pub for the Oxford comics meet-up. I suck at scene-building. What a spider-catcher....
Oh yes, I was sent a new catch-all insult by the OED. Spider-catcher!
a. One who catches spiders. Chiefly fig., and freq. as a vague term of abuse (obs.).
1579 W. Wilkinson Confut. Familye of Loue Brief Descr. p. iii,Not only in the priuate assemblies‥did these spidercatchers swarme together.
1599 Hist. Syr Clyomon & Clamydes vii. 64Charm, enchant, make a spider-catcher of me, if I be false to you ever.
1620 Bp. J. Hall Honor Married Clergie iii. ii. 262He that would doubt whether such an Epistle were written‥may doubt whether Spider-catcher corner-creeper C.E.‥wrote a scurrilous Letter.
1625 J. Shirley Love Tricks i. i,If I fail, call me spider-catcher.
1711 J. Addison Spectator No. 21. ¶7Innumerable Retainers to Physick‥: Not to mention the Cockle-shell-Merchants and Spider-catchers.
Vague terms of abuse are great, especially when almost all the context has been eroded away.