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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.

2 comments:

  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.

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    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.

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