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Thursday, 4 July 2013

There May Be Troubles Ahead: a rant.

I don't like to see people in trouble, but it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

Because now at last I understand.

I've been wondering for ages about the British Government's Troubled Families Unit.

The thing is, is it a Unit for Troubled Families, or is it a Unit for Families that has itself been going through some sort of a crisis?

Well, now I know.

The Troubled Families Unit has been having some difficulties recently and, yes, it's become a troubled Troubled Families Unit.

I can't say I'm surprised. They probably weren't all that sure whom they were supposed to be helping.

A poor family with three small children.

Word To Use Today: trouble. This word comes from the Old French troubler, from the Latin turbidus, confused (how appropriate) from turbus commotion.


  1. In Ireland, the period of conflict in the North between the 1960s and 1980s is known as 'The Troubles' which, considering what happened, has always seemed to be a gross euphemism to me.

    1. Indeed. Let's just thank heavens for all our peoples' sakes that they're mostly over, and let's hope to heaven they never come back.