In Flann O’Brien’s The Poor Mouth, we hear about a man called Sitric O’Sanassa, who is so poor that he lives in a hole in the ground that he dug with his own hands. When the ‘gentlemen from Dublin’ come to visit, one of them takes a bottle of water that Sitric has and breaks it because “it spoiled the effect” of Sitric’s authentic Gaelic poverty. It’s exactly what I think of whenever someone uses...
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