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They Are Having Us On

Actual headline of the CNN article on King Charles’s the Shrubbery’s attack on Parliament Congress: Rumpus over FBI raid leads to talk of resignations.

The footnote on the bottom of page 73 of the Harper Collins hardcover of The Truth by Terry Pratchett:

“Words resemble fish in that some specialist ones can survive only in a kind of reef, where their curious shapes and usages are protected from the hurly-burly of the open sea. ‘Rumpus’ and ‘fracas’ are found only in certain newspapers (in much the same way that ‘beverages’ are found only in certain menus). They are never used in normal conversation.”

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1 Steve Bates { 05.28.06 at 8:45 pm }

Welcome to Ankhmorpork.

Before or after the great fire? 🙂

2 Bryan { 05.28.06 at 9:28 pm }

Oh, after, they were very late to putting things down on paper where they could be checked for a given value of the truth.