However, the answer to Dr Grump is obvious. When there is a full moon the moon and the sun are on opposite sides of the earth and therefore people's brains are getting pulled in two directions at once. This no doubt has a profoundly unbalancing effect on the mind and, as the Ancient Greeks knew, this can ultimately lead to madness. Dr Grump is a genius in many fields not just those of sexual dynamics and etymology.
(Dr Grump experiencing the effects of a full moon)
When I told Hodmandod Senior about her theory he said that in his opinion it is not as complicated as that. He thinks it is just that the brighter nights allow people to get up to mischief for longer.
But he is wrong and Dr Grump is right. Obviously. She is putting together a grant proposal as I write. 'He'll be eating his words a few months down the line.' she said, then gave an odd little howl as I left the room.