Sunday 15 May 2016

The H word

I'm no believer in the tabooness of particular words. This is partly because the list of taboo words varies from culture to culture, and partly because I've never been able to obtain a definitive list of taboo words.

But every politician, especially ex-mayors of London, ought to know better. There are some words, not profane nor obscene nor vulgar, such that if you use them everyone ignores what you were actually trying to say, and focusses totally on that one word amid loud imprecations from the offencivariat.

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