Sunday 10 February 2019

Mistakes always come in threes

Apropos of nothing, did you know that the word 'apropos' in a mid-17th Century coinage deriving from the French à propos, which means ‘(with regard) to (this) purpose’? 

You did? Oh.

Anyhow, apropos of nothing, did you spot that Andrew Marr fell into the old mistake of calling the Ku Klux Klan "the Klu Klux Klan" this morning? Andrew Neil did exactly the same on this week's This Week. As did Katty Kay on Monday's Beyond 100 Days

Bonus fact: Katty Kay, despite her initials, is not connected to the KKK. 

1 comment:

  1. I read somewhere that the words were chosen by Southern racists because they thought they would be difficult for African Americans to pronounce (as in ask/axe I guess). However, it seems that it is White Scots who must have been the real target! How would Sean Connery have coped?,one wonders...


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