Decoding obituaries

Squire, who was the flamboyant and bibulous chairman

Err, I’m not sure here. Are we supposed to read that as loud and obnoxious drunk?

Wit, raconteur, bon viveur, Squire could sometimes enjoy life too much. He became ill in recent months when his conviviality finally caught up with him.

Possibly so, yes.

15 thoughts on “Decoding obituaries”

  1. Bibulous. Raconteur. Conviviality.

    Why do I get the suspicion; the only actual journalists still to be found in the Street of Shame have been banished to a desk in a dark obscure corner to craft obits?

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    I used to enjoy the Telegraph obits when I used to get it. They were generally interesting characters who had led a remarkable life, well written and informative.

  3. We do this stuff in the obligatory written references for departing staff in Germany, because you also aren’t allowed to write anything negative. Being gay wouldn’t get mentioned, a piss-artist would be the “life and soul of the party” or some such.

    It’s immense fun, both decoding and encoding.

  4. To properly deconstruct the obit, you must consider that the bibulosity is merely a smoke-screen to hide the fact that Squire was assassinated by Putin’s minions at the behest of The Donald.

  5. “flamboyant… He became ill in recent months when his conviviality finally caught up with him.”

    Died of AIDS?

  6. I once saw “His weakness was a great and undiscriminating taste for the company of strangers. Late in 1987, he began to show the symptoms of an illness he had done nothing to avoid.”

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