Wednesday 13 December 2017

Leo is not a natural-born eejit, but he learns fast

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

The true eejit can never resist the novelty sock. Though eejitry in general is an intangible thing, perhaps the one thing we know for sure is that the eejit has never been born who could walk away from a pair of novelty socks.

The opportunity which it offers for a "funny" moment completely lacking in wit or cleverness or indeed any of the essential ingredients of that which is actually funny, has drawn eejits of every description to the novelty sock with a power that renders them quite helpless.

Which is not to say that everyone who plumps for the novelty sock is an eejit. In our pioneering work in this area, we have endeavoured at all times to explore the many subtleties of the condition - to allow for whatever anomalies may exist in individual cases, to acknowledge the marvellous efforts being made every day by so many Irishmen and women, to try to exercise some control over this thing which we call the Inner Eejit.

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