Friday, 23 July 2010

Geezer (Mascarita)


Slang: An old person, especially an eccentric old man.
[Probably alteration of dialectal guiser, masquerader, from Middle English gysar, from gysen, to dress, from gyse, guise, fashion; see guise.]

Word History: A relationship with a word we know well is disguised in the word geezer. A clue to this relationship is found in British dialect. The English Dialect Dictionary defines geezer as "a queer character, a strangely-acting person," and refers the reader to guiser, "a mummer, masquerader." The citations for guiser refer to practices such as the following: "People, usually children ... go about on Christmas Eve, singing, wearing masks, or otherwise disguised," the last word of this passage being the one to which geezer is related.

Friday, 9 July 2010


Dear Kellie Strom ( has passed me this link for the interview I gave to Resonance Radio (In English. Well, sort of). Here:
Listen to it at your own peril.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Oscar Talks with Paul Gravett

I'll be talking about drawings, animation and comics to Paul Gravett at Comica-Argentina

"Paul Gravett talks to cartoonist Oscar Grillo about his work. More details… Tickets: £6.50 Where: King's Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AGWhen: Sunday, July 4, 2010 - from 6.00pm"
Alas, Gabrielle Zucchelli won't be there