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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Just in case anyone else missed the point of what I was saying, when - in yesterday's post about my financial situation - I said that I no longer smoked 20 fags a day, I was referring to cigarettes. Until September 2008 I did indeed smoke 20 or 30 Benson and Hedges a day.

Really this is ridiculous: It is almost as if some people spend all day just seeing what holes they can pick in what I write, and what unseemly nuances they can draw.


Dale Drinnon said...

That is an amazing lack of understanding about the English language. What could they possibly make out of that unless they thought you were beating your old school underlings until their hides smoked? (Hypothetically speaking of an example of course) I imagine THAT possibility did not even occur to them. So I suppose they must have thought that you took 20 young homosexuals (per diem) and hung them out in the shed to be smoked like sides of butchered beef?? Or what COULD they take "Smoking a fag" to mean?
BTW, I was already aware that "fags" meant "cigarettes"-I did not see what the problem was even supposed to be. "Fag" has a primary meaning of a torch and all slang usages are subsequent to that.

Toirtis said...

Just hilarious. Unfortunately, American influence vs. the Queen's English strikes again.

CFZ Australia said...

Ha ha - well I guess their minds would boggle hearing Australian's talking about the 'fag end of the day' etc. No, it's NOT the daily appointed time to doing anything of a homosexual nature :P