Nothing like a bit of Cockney Rhyming Slang to grab attention. Cream Crackered? Mate I’m knackered! Of course in English parlance it simply refers to “I’m realy tired or exhausted. But in my childhood there were two mortality references. If you were to be knackered it meant emasculation or in the least to be minus ones testes, speaking as a male of course. The other came to light in my early childhood when I asked my mother what on earth ‘knackered’ meant. The measured reply came back “it’s when horses get old or sick and they have to be put down.” Ah, the glue factory!
It seems to me sometimes that this so called great language (and it is, no less) is strung together with code, mind twisters, and parabolic meanings. Is there ever a straight answer might be the question, and do we constantly answer questions with questions? Yes would be the straight answer. But closed questions that only elicit a yes or no answer don’t engage, they’re clinical, and where’s the fun in that? Open questions, riddles, puzzles, metaphor, all the stuff of narrative, poetry etc., are the stuff of our lived lives, playful, living, vivre.
I might be knackered ocassionally, tired, but I’m alive in language and word play.