The Penny-a-Liner is Abroad, and strikes Our Modern Literature with blithering Blight.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Sit down, you blithering Dutch idiot, and let them go!
"Tessa" by Louis Becke
No wonder Blackbeard was in blither spirits.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
But there's na into the king's realm to be found a blither twa, And now she's Mrs. Wedderburn, and she lies at the wa'.
"Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth" by Frank Sidgwick
And the blither the tune the heavier it seemed to make my heart.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
MRS. S. (sentimentally to BLITHERS).
"Three Hats" by Alfred Debrun
I'll kill that blithering property man when I lay hands on him.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
Innocent Smith, of course, the simple fool, the blithering idiot, is a truly wise man.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
What a poor, blithering fool!
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
I mustn't blither to the very babe whose cradle I am rocking, must I?
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
Not blither is the mountain roe,
With many a wanton stroke
Her feet disperse, the powd'ry snow
That rises up like smoke.
"Lucy Gray [or Solitude]" by William Wordsworth
How joyful from the imprisoning ark
On the green earth they spring!
Not blither, after showers, the lark
Mounts up with glistening wing.
"Quinquagesima Sunday" by John Keble
Look, pretty, look! Within, without,
Snowdrops and hyacinths lie about.
Why don't you clutch them with a shout
Blither than birds of morning?
"Dead!" by Alfred Austin
This dog, if a friendly voice
Call him now to blither choice
Than such chamber-keeping,
"Come out!" praying from the door, —
Presseth backward as before,
Up against me leaping.
"To Flush, My Dog" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Merry, merry England is waking as of old,
With eyes of blither hazel and hair of brighter gold:
For Robin Hood is here again beneath the bursting spray
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.
"A Song of Sherwood" by Alfred Noyes
At the risk of seeming silly,
I would ask you, "Where is Billy?"
Here's a crisis, here's a fight,
And he's missing. Strike a light!
Blithering blazes! Here's a mill -
Rough house stuff; and where's our Bill?
"'Billy'" by C J Dennis
It really isn't hard to make a talented actor look like a blithering fool.
Our leaders seem to be able to tackle serious, complicated issues with a decent record of success, but when it comes to equally important, yet simple things, they often turn into blithering idiots.