My wife is helping a French lady out with a new website in exchange for giving our daughter some exposure to another language.

The first session ended with the teacher asking Rain if she remembered what “le pomme’ meant in English (that’s apple ¬†for the mono-lingual savages among us).

Our three year-old turned to her and said in a very confidant¬†voice: “I think it means gravy.”



His Satanic Majesty Donald Rumsfeld was well versed in the use of artfully vague language to bamboozle a nation into an advanced state of paranoia and fear. His nonsensical rubbish is best summed up in the following classic which preempted the American invasion of Iraq.

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

Couldn’t have put it better myself, my old cocker. Even if I was talking complete bollocks.

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