The Buzz

In huge letters on the window of a Bourke street, Melbourne, lingerie retailer: “MASSIVE BRA AND PANTY SALE!”

Just the thing for women with massive tits and arses.

Massive is the buzzword of the month for the linguistically and educationally challenged. Actually, it has been the word of every month since the last massive New Year sales. If there is any good in it at all it is that it edged impact off the top spot in the deluge of clichés, malapropisms and grammatical howlers that dribble constantly from the mouths of politicians, bureaucrats and reporters and copywriters.

According to an admiring colleague at a 90th birthday celebration for the former Prime Minister-cum-elder statesman, Gough Whitlam “impregnated Australia …” Is that what is meant by “being the father of the nation” — or a wry comment on what he did to the budget when in power?

A report on the national broadcaster, ABC-TV, on the recent bombing atrocities in what I used to call Bombay rather lost the sombre mood of the moment when telling us that “Yesterday (this man) lost his son in the bombings and today he will be cremated.”

I thought they only did that to widows in India.

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3 Responses to The Buzz

  1. Gwen says:

    “Words are what I mean them to say.” Carroll Lewis, Through The Looking Glass

  2. Russell C says:

    That works if you are Queen. For lesser mortals the trick is to get words to say what you mean.

  3. Gwen says:

    “Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall.
    All the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”

    I think of the darndest things.

    Nor am I offended by anything you write. Offences are to be given, not taken. :-) I’ll keep reading you until I have to get out my Funk and Wagnalls. ;-)

    Heck, I am one of those women! Are you making fun of me already Russell? LOL

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