Word For Wednesday (W4W) #49


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We don’t throw dinner parties in our house but I do love to play the fantasy dinner guests game – who, living or dead would you most like to have at a dinner party?

I think most people would hope for a deipnosophist! Is there a worse feeling than being stuck next to someone who is so boring you spend the evening trying to think of ways to escape?

I like to think I am a good conversationalist. I hope I am!

I think being interested in people and asking open questions about things that are important to them is an excellent way to break the ice. I often come away from a chat knowing so much about the person I have been talking to because I genuinely like to find out about people.

What else makes a good conversationalist? Along with being interested in others, a broad knowledge is a plus, as is a sense of humour.

And having the ability to hold people’s interest is key. I do love people who can tell a story well. My father in law, bless him, can make the shortest story into an epic, with detours and segues that are impossible to follow. It has made for torturous meals at gatherings, although these days we all just make surreptitious eye contact and suppress giggles as we wait for him to finish.

Most Irish people are very good at spinning a tale, which probably comes as no surprise. We have a long and rich history of being story tellers and oral history played a key role in our culture.

Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party? Can I come?!



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9 thoughts on “Word For Wednesday (W4W) #49

  1. Of course I’d invite you 🙂
    I’m not sure who I’d invite, there are a couple of people who I know are the best storytellers – my old art tutor was the best, she’s funny too (from Cork). Another great storyteller I had the pleasure of meeting is a guy called Bernard Pearson. He makes a lot of the Discworld merchandise and he has some great stories too.
    I’d definitely have to have people who could talk and were interesting and funny too. I can get involved in conversations but I’m not the best at starting them :/

  2. Oh, Tommy Tiernan is a great choice. He was on one of Alan Davies’s As Yet Untitled shows and he was great fun. Stephen Fry would be a must and the new QI host, Sandi Toskvig is a great gal – very knowledgeable. Weirdly, someone like Christopher Biggins would be good – he knows everyone in show biz (darling!) and would have a lot of gossip to share. And my old boss, Elly, was a great raconteur – she’d been BA cabin crew, owned a pool hall, lived in Saudi. She could tell tales that would make your hair curl.
    Lovely word and a lovely idea.
    My effort is a chilly one, cos baby it’s cold outside 🙂

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  4. I vividly remember a dinner party where I couldn’t wait to escape. I think people around me had fun, but it was my first and last restaurant outing with people I didn’t know.
    I was bored to death, couldn’t escape until the dinner was complete and ugh!
    I’m usually quite a good dinner guest. I can spin a tale with interesting twists, but not that it drags on for too long, I am knowledgeable and educated, genuinely interested in anyone and everything (or is it the other way round?). I think we’d have fun together, though I haven’t thrown a dinner party in a long time. I used to throw the best parties, but I guess I’m now associating it with my old life. I first need to get back into feeling financially secure, then I need to start to like my house that little bit more, and finally, I need to learn how to be a good hostess. I cook beautiful meals, but… I’m crap at checking that everyone has something to drink. And always tend to forget this little thing or that. I guess I need to learn to relax into it again, or learn how this new community works. I’m not too sure still.

    But every day, I’m getting closer to feeling on top of it.

    However, if you’re not too picky, you’re more than welcome for lunch, or even dinner. I’m more of a ‘the door is open’ sort of gal now I guess 🙂

    • I think we would have a blast!
      I have never hosted a dinner party, the idea is terrifying for me! I love to cook and am pretty good at it but the thought of having to do it for people scares me!
      As for drinks, just plonk a few bottles around the table and tell them to fight it out!

      • I have had many many parties, from the sit-down dinner to the let’s have 40 friends over and turn up the music…
        You’re right, if they’re thirsty, they can certainly help themselves. The main thing for me is not to forget to put the bottle on the table 😉
        Alcohol and drinks were always the ex’s job. Maybe the only thing he had to do when I organised a party. So it’s something I still need practice with 🙂

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