Playing Catch-Up with the Banned List

John Rentoul

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The next 10. Thank you to all contributors.

171. Step up to the plate. This may be worth a ban of its own, although it is covered by the blanket ban on American sporting metaphors. It’s baseball (right). Thanks to Chris Bolger.

172. Get-go. Alastair Bennett.

173. Marketise. Daniel Knowles.

174. “Scotland the Brave”, in anything to do with that strange country north of Carlisle. @caoimhghin77Callum May added: “I worked for a news editor (in radio) who sensibly banned bagpipes in every context from Scottish stories.”

175. Soubriquet, n. a nickname. Etymology: 17c: French, meaning “a chuck under the chin”. I didn’t know that. It’s still going on the Banned List.

176. “I know where you are coming from,” Victoria Derbyshire to a caller on BBC Radio 5 Live the other day.

177. “A very British …” Any variant on the title of Chris Mullin’s novel. Saul Minaee.

178. Last time I looked.

179. “I am a very spiritual person.” Martin Figura, via Eleanor Moss.

180. Playing catch-up. Philip Smith.

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  • Ciaran Rehill

    Rentoul is a Scots (lowland) surname. Run rig mor nan gael. Oh and a side order of “FREEDOM” (copyright Braveheart) and “Saor Alba” (copyright Broxted of Glenstansted).

  • porkfright

    Banned List again? Surely not. I keep getting this strange feeling of Deja-Vu.

  • Kieran Kunhya

    Is that a candidate for the Banned List?

  • Ciaran Rehill

    Is Kieran Kunhya “Ciaran Cocktrumpet” recently banned by PCC?

  • johncaradoc

    Shouldn’t we have a banned list category for Greek metaphors?   We Athenians are getting tired of them - all those Trojan horses/beware of Greeks bearing gifts, Greek tragedy, it’s all Greek to me.   And any story about Greece illustrated with a file photo of the Acropolis at night.   Plus a special mention for anyone showing off their classical education by dragging poor old Socrates and Plato into a discussion of Greece’s economic crisis (yes, we mean you, Boris).   If the bailout had been set at one billion per metpahor, we’d be in the clear by now…… 

  • porkfright

    Probably will be when Rentoul realises it’s another Monty Python reference.

  • Western Independent

    Please consider ‘not a good look’ applied to a policy, or anything other than apparel, for the List.

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