If you check the meaning of arrogance in a dictionary it will tell you that the word means ‘an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people.’ Pride is fine up to a point but when, like Paul Barford, you see yourself as better than everyone else, you simply become a dickhead. Apologies to my American friend Dick Stout; no offence intended.
Don’t misunderstand me. Dickheads can be quite attractive. I admit that his offensive outpourings, display of superiority and self-importance emanating from his blog hold a certain magnetism that attracts me every day. I’m inexplicably drawn to go and have a look – even though his affliction and strange disease tend to make me sick. Strange that, when I spend a lot of time imploring others not to engage with him …
In today’s society, the word ‘vile’ simply means extremely unpleasant or offensive. An archaic use of the word implied anything that was ‘of little use or value.’ Both definitions admirably sum up the loathsome blogger Paul Barford, but better known to us under a variety of pseudonyms, many of them unprintable.
I have always believed that part of a human’s basic instinct (apart from the need for food and sex) was to be liked. For example, I always welcome a pat on the head and a virtual lump of sugar when I make a good post. Which begs the question. Is Mr Barford human? Or does he get a kick out of being extremely obnoxious?
Barford refers to detectorists as ‘oiks’. The use of this disparaging slang word, generally meaning an inferior, ignorant, or lower-class person not only shows his arrogance, but also his expertise as a wordsmith, echoing the word ‘hoiking’ ( roughly, out of the soil ) of which he is very fond. I like that!
Using our hero’s definition and simply because you are reading this, you could be one of those inferior people. Yes, I said he was a dickhead! He has accused me in the past of:
“…. pandering to the oiks in the cheap seats … the well known formula for boosting readership numbers in detecting circkles.” (sic).
How pleasing to see that Mr Barford, so fond of pointing out the grammatical and spelling errors often made by detectorists, is capable of making basic errors himself. Could this guy be human after all? I don’t link to his blog on principle … you’ll just have to take my word. Not very scientific … but I suspect that this post will invoke ( at least ) a 1000 word riposte.
Alternatively, he could ignore my words just out of cussedness. And that would be a shame, because that’s part of my strategy for attracting people to my blog. Mentioned by him in dispatches is always good for business. 🙂
I wonder occasionally about Mr. Barford’s state of mind. Why does he have an irresistible urge to behave in such a boorish manner? Does he have some kinds of compulsion to insult and belittle as many people as possible? Just a rhetorical question. Perhaps detectorists – and me in particular – are just easy targets.
A few examples of how Mr. Barford refers to detectorists
He is intentionally offensive on his blog trying desperately to incite rage towards ( and from ) detectorists … whose overall strategy, I am pleased to say, is just to ignore him. What follows are a selection of words and phrases taken from his blog.
Compared to your continuous bilge of vile verbal excrement Paul, I am just a learner, a constipated curmudgeon struggling with words to fit. You are the past master spurting out your vile bile to anyone who will listen. No wonder your blog has few comments … apart from the sycophantic Nigel Swift that is, who sometimes appears to mop up and agree with your most smelly outpourings.
After his reading of THIS post the other day, and calling all detectorists ‘pricks’ in a comment on my blog (not published), Barford expects me to engage with him and is sending emails. He advises me that ” … time is slipping away and with it your advantages supplied by a soon-to-be-ended PAS. Then what?”
Blinking heck! Is there no end to this man’s talents? He is now a soothsayer!
From Barford’s blog:
British archaeologist living and working in Warsaw, Poland. Since the early 1990s (or even longer) a primary interest has been research on artefact hunting and collecting and the market in portable antiquities in the international context and their effect on the archaeological record.
From Dick Stout