Thursday, October 25, 2007

And If Hanguns Were Legal Here, They'd Have To Make The Stripes Two Football Pitches Apart

The things you learn from reading a newspaper (warning: word offensive to some is used below):
The two red stripes in the House of Commons carpet are to remind MPs not to lose their rag with rivals. They are two sword lengths apart and MPs may not cross them when speaking. MPs may not use a raft of provocative words either. Accumulated over centuries of rulings non-words include: blackguard, coward, git, guttersnipe, hooligan, ignoramus, liar, rat, swine, stool pigeon, and traitor. Shit is apparently OK when used as a noun rather than a bodily function. But euphemisms for lying are also frowned on. Hence the Tory roars of "Withdraw" yesterday when Gordon Brown accused David Cameron of "misleading people". But after checking the record the speaker Michael Martin told MPs the prime minister had not used unparliamentary language because he had not accused the Tory leader of misleading fellow MPs - only people. Mr Brown was either smart or lucky.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Schmutz said...

Yes, I am offended at the use of the word hooligan and I hope you won't use that word again in the presence of women and children.

3:03 PM  
Blogger MKOK said...

Two sword's lengths apaart seems a little close, dosen't it?

3:45 PM  

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