I did my morning browse through the papers.
One headline that amused me was one on the BBC News site –
Deadly heatwave sweeps across southern Europe;
This amused me on a couple of points.
One is that it is blatant click-bait and indeed the landing page declares “Europe heatwave: Hot weather sweeps across southern Europe” which is a little less alarmist. I have noticed a tendency these days to announce any weather related events in the most extreme terms. We do have to be sooo scared of the weather these days!
However my main source of somewhat puerile amusement is the meaning of the headline to those of us who inhabit the Emerald Isle. You see, “deadly” has an entirely different meaning here [amongst the less advantaged yoof anyway]. A new pair of Nike runners or the latest iPhone would be greeted with cries of “Jayzus that’s fuckin’ deadly“. In other words, “deadly” means excellent or words to that effect. So in fact southern Europe has excellent weather?
It’s pissing down outside. It’s dark and grey. A typical Irish summer’s day in other words.
I could do with some deadly sunshine.