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Dennis Jones is a Jamaican-born international economist, who has lived most of the time in the UK and USA, and latterly in Guinea, west Africa. He moved back to the Caribbean in 2007. This blog contains his observations on life on this small eastern Caribbean island, as well as views on life and issues on a broader landscape, especially the Caribbean and Africa.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tongue Twisiting

Many of us get tongue tied when we do public speaking. The call-in programmes sometimes serve up some gems. I am usually busy doing other things so don't note them except in my head. Today, I jotted down a few. Anyone who wants to check can contact Starcom and ask for a copy of the recording of today's Brass Tacks.

One caller served up the following when talking about the lamentable state of Bajan cricket:

"...things are bad when the team loses three matches in concession..." [in succession?]. The caller said it three times.

"...I was strucken..." [struck? stricken?]

"...It's the pinnacle around which [the team] is built..." [a pinnacle is a high point, so the metaphor is odd; "pillar of which"?]
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During the weekend, a very learned friend served up some from his memory, the best of which was: "My son has not had a spontaneous [substantial] amount of education."

2 comments:

iriebrown said...

If I remember correctly, isn't it called malapropisms !

Dennis Jones said...

Some are malaprops, some are just make ups.