I don't always give things up for Lent. A couple of years ago I managed the whole season without playing an online game, which pleased and encouraged me. I've never done the no chocolate thing.
Well, I've been set a challenge. Can I manage the whole of Lent without making any snide or sarcastic comments as humorous put-downs? My colleagues haven't so much forced my hand as suggested that I couldn't do it. Red rag. Bull.
And since that sort of knee-jerk wit, born as a survival mechanism over 40 years ago to avoid being bullied by making the bullies laugh until they soiled themselves, is usually very close at hand I may be spending a lot of Lent in silence. I hear the cheers.
As ever I know the locals will be policing this. Just don't tell me I'm being boring.