Tuesday 6 December 2016

The bonds of language

Published 08/08/2010 | 05:00

Sir -- There was a time when all you could expect was another fine gaffe from Bertie upsetting the apple tart with his smoke and daggers.

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The hairdressers was where you went for a haircut. Now, it seems, you go to the bank. We all, now, have a working knowledge of subordinated bonds, and the optics are supposed to be getting better.

Just as I was coming to terms with all these new fangled terms we now have the latest -- 'hubris'. I heard it on the radio and now I've seen it in print. It seems to be catching on, and I'm still trying to put it in a sentence. When Bertie said that anyone talking down the economy should commit suicide, was that 'hubris'?

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