Wednesday 18 October 2017

High time Swift was allowed to Bloom

* What do the phrases "promises are made to be broken", "bursting the bubble" and "raining cats and dogs" have in common?

While the nation's cultural love-in this week will focus on Sunday, June 16, where the scatological and the vegetable (sh**e and onions) will compete with palates that appreciate the "tang of faintly scented urine", as the intelligentsia gaze across the "snot green sea", spare a thought (and a chuckle or two) for the originator of the above well-worn phrases, who on Sunday, June 13, 1713, ascended to the Deanery of St Patrick's Cathedral.

Jonathan Swift coined the phrase 'bubble' in relation to stock that far exceeded its economic value when he penned 'The Bubble: a Poem' (December 1720) in response to the notorious South Sea Company scandal, where many who had invested their livelihoods in shares lost the lot when the "bubble burst".

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