Monday, July 20, 2020

Classically educated …

… Why Boris uses so many Latin words - Harry Mount - The Oldie. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

When describing the location of his office in City Hall – “I’m on the, er, upper epidermis of the gonad. Somewhere near the seminal vesical, I expect” – the joke depends on using the formal, scientific, Latinate terms for effect. We are more used to Anglo-Saxon terms being used for vulgarity and swear words – they become much funnier when formalised into technical, medical language.

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