Induce your brother to get up some English affair, some moting, or meeting, or some such thing.
One day he was engaged in his many brain-taxing duties, the most trying of which was keeping the motive power "moting."
"particle of dust," Old English mot, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Dutch mot "dust from turf, sawdust, grit," Norwegian mutt "speck, mote, splinter, chip." Many references are to Matt. vii:3.