Published 18/10/2011 | 05:00
•Anthony Woods's request to add a new word to the English language (Letters. Irish Independent, October 14), namely fartology, in relation to the race for the Aras, puts me in mind of Jonathan Swift. Nearly 300 years ago, Swift's 'Wonderful Wonder of Wonders' (1720) was published, as a mockery on the proposed establishment of an Irish National Bank, trading in "paper credit" and the frenzied speculation that would accompany it (shades of Anglo/Irish Nationwide).
He realised his somewhat anarchic vision of this National Bank through a short biography of his posterior -- and I don't mean aras! 'The Benefits of Farting' (1721) suggested we could judge the character of a person through the "noxious humours of their bowels". Much as I admire Swift, I'll base my decision on who to vote for on the verbal utterances of our Wonderful Wonders.
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