at it, 2

The formula for being ‘at it’ is more or less as follows:

(Name) is (verb) because he/she wants/feels/needs (noun) or he/she will (verb).

As in, “Isabella is calling because she feels her child should be allowed to hit the other children as a form of self-expression or she will quit.”


2 thoughts on “at it, 2

  1. Lola,

    I love this.

    I have lived in the snake pit of the University faculty life for some time. Here’s a formula from that world.

    “It’s not so much that [insert here a slight] as [insert here a thorough insult].”

    As in, “It’s not so much that I am puzzled by your odd remarks as I am baffled that you seem to think I could have any possible interest in them.”

    Or to use a more congenial variant, it’s not so much that I am taken with your wit and intelligence in this remarkable blog as I am desperately curious about those elbow length gloves.

    Kind regards,


    • I have come across the academia variant before, but I had no formula to apply and was thus left slightly baffled – thank you, I will never forget it.

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