The Real Meaning Of…

As I sit and try and make sense of the conundrum that is Brexit and, of course fail, I realise so many of the words I keep hearing have hidden meanings that might explain some of what is going down at the moment.

This epiphany came when considering that much discussed medieval concept of the proroguing of Parliament. Should our Prime Minister ‘prorogue’ we are asked? To which I answer that I’m not entirely sure if I am pro-rogue or anti-rogue. On balance I’ve always favoured those who are a little roguish so I’m marginally in the rogue camp if not totally pro-rogue, more rogue-ambivalent really.

Here are some that I spotted:

‘conservative’ – to trick the waiting classes

labour – to have sex with a dullard

Johnson – a derivative toilet

Corbyn – a garbage can for the centre

Rees-Mogg – upper class slang for a basmati cat

Bercow – the first in a numerical sequence of complete berks

Referendum- to umpire a game where the contestants are encouraged to rip apart Mr Cummings

I realise that many of you will read this and think ‘he’s lost it’ and I think, maybe that’s probably a natural reaction to the Alice In Wonderpants world of British politics right now. Ever since I saw the Matrix I’ve wondered if the world around me is merely a construct of my febrile imagination; if that is true then whatever it is I’m on, I should really cut down.

And as someone pointed out to me just this morning, if we do get past this current collective tilting at Windmills we still have the transition period to sort through the detail. Oh frabjous day, calloo callay!!

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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32 Responses to The Real Meaning Of…

  1. George says:

    Hahaha. It’s not just me then! That very same thought occurred to me about pro-rogue, but you have admirably taken it to a different level!

    There be truths here.


  2. Mary Smith says:

    We’re all doomed!


  3. It’s just as bad this side of the pond, Geoff 😦


  4. willowdot21 says:

    Well there you have it.
    May I add a few alternative translations .
    Johnson :slang for penis.
    Referendum : we vote they do as they wish.
    European Union : a childish myth
    Economic Union : a huge myth
    Reese Mogg Welsh cat.
    I could go on but I don’t want more enemies


  5. Elizabeth says:

    Perfect. Sad to say we are now learning that it is business as usual to ask election interference in exchange for assistance to foreign countries. Treason= doing what you damn well want to.


  6. gordon759 says:

    Long live the Uxbridge English Dictionary


  7. I have wondered what Brexit “looked” like from within.
    Ewww – I won’t do that again.


  8. Widdershins says:

    I consider myself to err on the side of rogue-ish. πŸ™‚ … Brexit does seem a tad confusing, but to be fair has anyone else tried it, and if so what have the results been like?
    Tomorrow, (Monday) we (here in Canada) are about to determine if we go the way of the Trump&Johnson set, or shall a mild form of sanity prevail, be able to continue with our slightly smug, yet always polite, tut-tutting about our wayward neighbours to the south and to the east. In other words a Federal Election loometh nigh!
    I’m torn between ‘hopeful’ and ‘pleasepleaseplease don’t screw this up’.


    • Widdershins says:

      Mrs Widds reliably informs me that ‘tomorrow’ will be Sunday … I think I’ll just go have a bit of a lie down now …


    • TanGental says:

      And now you know the results, how does it feel to be experiencing poutine politics or as the sage had it, ‘when the chips are down and you’re up to your arse in gravy, it doesn’t pay to eat the squeaky cheese’…

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      • Widdershins says:

        There’s been a bit of bloviating and blame-y foot-shuffling but nothing of any consequence … yet. πŸ™‚ … oh yes, Alberta, the province immediately to the east of us here in BC (on the pacific coast) wants to do it’s own version of brexit … they’re calling it ‘Wexit’. (because their to the west of the federal government sits in Ottawa) They’re a bit pouty that they didn’t get to eat their cake and force everyone else to eat it too.


  9. trifflepudling says:

    Ship of fools …


  10. trifflepudling says:

    I so wish there had never been a referendum. It’s a good job the rugby was there as a distraction this weekend!


  11. It’s actually worse in the US, I think, Geoff. Tronald Dump is getting people killed left and right, pillaging and looting the American taxpayer, and facilitating terrorism. The whole world is going to suffer this man for at least a generation. *Sigh* It’s too painful to laugh.

    Liked by 1 person

    • TanGental says:

      What I find so debilitating is how many people slip to the extremes to back up their views, both pro and against these controversial figures/issues because of the extreme way in which they portray their policies. It will hurt us all eventually.

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  12. noelleg44 says:

    I had a good time talking with various Irish men and women I recently met while there about Brexit. They introduced me to subtle aspects both pro and con, so I am intensely interested to see how this will all work out. Parliament does remind me of our Congress – if they can delay doing anything, they will.


    • TanGental says:

      It is singularly the most aggravating and fascinating political conundrum of my time for sure. I want and wanted to remain and have friends across the spectrum of views and it is hard to have a coherent discussion about it because it has polarised views so quickly. I used tot hiunk explaining cricket to an American was hard but this is worse


  13. Charli Mills says:

    The world slipped down a rabbit hole.


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