Saturday October 24, 2020

Please don't mention the new tapered look

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein reminded us, language is very important, writes Colm O'Regan.

24th August, 2013
Ben Bernanke must be really looking forward to his retirement, when people will finally stop reading into absolutely everything he says.

Taper - it doesn't sound like a word of great portent. I first encountered the word in a different context, when it was on the list of pre-mass tasks for an altar boy. It was one of the more snazzy tasks, along with ringing the bell and being confronted with your neighbours' mouths at communion.

You brought a flaming taper out of the sacristy and lit the candles with it. It gave the whole thing...

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