Look, you can’t put that on the Banned List
The Banned List Committee is struggling to keep up with the backlog. There was a delay this morning as a special emergency session rejected an application to have “Look –” at the start of politicians’ sentences added to the List. Clive Davis and Holly Brodie made the kind of enthusiastic and confident appeals that would have persuaded most cricket umpires, but the Committee is made of sterner stuff and insisted that the formula is on the Blair Memorial Exemption List.
With that vexatious litigation out of the way, the Supplementary Legislation Sub-Committee was able to approve the next 10 additions to the Banned List:
1. “If it looks like an X, and it sounds like an X, then it probably is an X.” Nominated by Jim Shelley.
2. “A work in progress.”
3. “Sunset” as a verb. No, I can’t believe it either. But Mary Novakovich says it has happened.
4. “Reaching out” in emails. Mary Novakovich.
5. “So sue me.” Citizen Sane.
6. “Cherry picking.” Della Mirandola. Has to be banned owing to radical uncertainty about why it should mean “taking the best bits”. I thought it was something to do with fruit salad (above). According to Wikipedia, it is the name of the fallacy that, because cherry pickers pick only ripe cherries, all cherries are ripe. Nothing to do with “low-hanging fruit”, which is also on the List.
7. “Across the piste”, the illegitimate cousin of “across the piece”, bannedlisted in February. Ivor Stolliday.
8. “Westminster bubble” has been added to “Westminster village”.
10. “As you do.” Citizen Sane.
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