Monday, January 22, 2018

Agree to disagree*

“Madam, your conduct is reprehensible.” This was said many, many years ago in a noisy bar in the city one evening by a clearly inebriated elderly gentleman who was thoroughly annoyed at the behaviour of a woman who was hurling obscenities faster and with more force than Olympic champion, Keshorn Walcott, could achieve with his javelin except that she did not need a pointed instrument, or even a hammer to go with her sharp tongue which was reinforced by a loud voice and threats of violence.  This allowed her to express rage, disgust and contempt simultaneously in language that was comprehensible and yet objectionable and in a way that a policeman would find arresting or even “apprehensible”. 

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