Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A Good Egg


A Good Egg

In common and outdated parlance ‘a good egg’ was someone reliable and helpful. I think the term was usually applied to men. ‘He’s a good egg’ people would say but it was rarely said of women. I have a feeling it first arose in Public Schools (fee-paying Independent schools) and is used nowadays in a jocular way like ‘jolly hockey sticks’ and ‘cut along’. Young people today are more likely to use expressions like ‘well cool’ or ‘lush’ to indicate approval.

With Spring in full swing and Easter approaching it seems appropriate to focus on eggs. I think young children must get mightily confused at this time of year when eggs, chickens, lambs, rabbits and flowers are all muddled together to celebrate the new beginning that Easter signifies. Add chocolate and turkey and the mix is bewilderingly complete.

After I bought ‘Eggs for Soldiers’ a few days ago I was surprised to discover another ‘charity’ egg today. The green carton looks very seasonal with a chicken and a butterfly and the words ‘good egg’ in bright egg-yolk yellow. Buying these organic free range eggs will ‘help fund community egg farming projects in Africa.’ 100% of the profit made from selling one eggs goes to the project.

You can find out more about one here and in the following video.

I think the organisers of one are certainly 'good eggs'.

5 comments:

  1. I am glad there are such 'good eggs' in the world, and this is an appropriate season to highlight them!

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  2. I'm not sure who gets more confused about the mix of eggs, rabbits, lambs, chocolate: kids or adults. I think kids handle it okay. :))

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  3. Sounds like an interesting "good egg" project and a worthwhile cause.
    Yes, eggs, rabbits and Easter make a confusing mix for kids.

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  4. I'll look out for my good eggs.

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  5. I had never heard this expression, probably because I am not a good egg !

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