It being a new year, I have resolved to bare my soul to my readers. Within reason anyway. When I’m at home and alone, and if it’s not too cold, I do without clothes. This sometimes leads to mild embarrassment, as when I went out to the clothes line and met my neighbour walking near the invisible boundary between our properties. We smiled in silent greeting. I had never seen her before and I never saw her again.
On another occasion I was baking an apple crumble (my favourite food) and I heard a bell ring. I quickly pulled on shorts and a tee-shirt and opened the door. No-one there. As you’ve probably guessed, it was the oven timer.
“Hold on,” I hear you say, “This is not the kind of serious stuff we expect from StroppyGit!” You’re right. It is just a clumsy introduction to commenting on a nuance in the English language. Is there any difference between ‘naked’ and ‘nude’? Almost all European languages make no distinction, but I think English does. ‘Naked’ implies vulnerability, shame, helplessness. ‘Nude’ is proud, self-confident, empowered.
Or am I talking bunkum? How do you use the words?