Thu 17 Mar, 2005 08:56 pm
periphrasis=the fine art of saying as little as possible in the greatest number of words.
Would you please extirpate the circumlocution and just say what you mean.
I talk too much and say too little. Hey Roger shall we meet for lunch in your fair town? would be fun you know. (we could make it for dinner)
My town or yours. Fair warning - nobody gets to see the dump I live in.
I should look before I type.....
Like the classic Donald Rumsfeld example?.................
""Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know."
...also known as a meeting with the marketing weasels...
This extract is taken from a popular comedy series on British TV, called "Yes, Minister". The Member of Parliament is Jim Hacker, who is trying to find out who it was that made a procedural mistake.
The person answering his question is his senior Civil Servant, Sir Humphrey. :-
Sir Humphrey: "The identity of the official whose alleged responsibility for this hypothetical oversight has been the subject of recent discussion, is NOT shrouded in quite such impenetrable obscurity as certain previous disclosures may have led you to assume, but not to put too fine a point on it, the individual in question is, it may surprise you to learn, one whom your present interlocutor is in the habit of identifying by means of the perpendicular pronoun."
Jim Hacker: "I beg your pardon?"
Sir Humphrey: "It was