Battlefield communications in World War I sometimes left much to be desired. Hence a famous anecdote of a garbled word-of-mouth message. As transmitted, the message went, “Send reinforcements, we are going to advance.” Superior officers at the end, however, were puzzled to be told: “Send three and four-pence [three shillings and four-pence], we are going to a dance!”
Similar miscommunication probably helps explain the Irish media’s unreflective scorn for Donald Trump....
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