Words for lockdown (courtesy of Susie Dent)

respair = the opposite of despair

resipiscence = return to a better state of mind

confelicity = the unselfish joy in someone else’s pleasure – the opposite of schadenfreude, I guess . . .

The last of course is the hardest in most people’s eyes, as Gore Vidal admitted ‘Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.’

Mind you, he also said ‘I never miss an opportunity to have sex or go on television.’ I simply hope the two never coincided . . . . .

By Rowland Jones

Jones spends his time writing & performing his songs, writing to the papers, doing illustrations for Zuiderlucht and browsing idly around the net for considerably longer than any adult should . . .

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