Words we don't use in this nursery

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 22:46 Jeff Garland
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1. CUTS
I was talking to a Government minister today (as one does - all too rarely.)
And I happened to ask about 'cuts.'
He blanched.
I realised I had put my foot in it.
A nasty solecism.
Verbal dogshit.
'We...don't say cuts', he replied in hushed tones.
He's a nice man so I hastened to tone down my question.
''Er, re-allocation of expenditure?' I hazarded.
He shook his head.
More in sorrow than in anger (I hoped.)
And corrected me. 'Re-balancing' he said firmly.
'Ah,' I said feebly. Re-balancing!
My co-ordination's never been great, I must admit.
Had this nasty glimpse of me walking across Niagra Falls.
Tightrope swaying, pole tilting.
Oops!
Well, you learn something every day.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 22:50