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Thursday, 11 May 2017

A blanket ban: a rant

According to a piece in The Telegraph online of 1st May 2017, the German parliament has voted to ban public officials wearing burkas while on duty.

File:Burqa Afghanistan 01.jpg

photo, North Afghanistan, by Steve Evans

The article goes on:

There have been widespread calls for a more general ban on wearing the burka in public, but legal experts say a blanket prohibition would be unconstitutional and would be struck down by the courts.

Well, it's not my place to criticise foreign governments, but I must say I'm surprised at that. 

I mean, if you were wearing a blanket you wouldn't be able to see anything.

Word To Use Today: blanket. This word comes from the French blancquette, from blanc, white, a word which originally came from some Germanic language or other. The Old English blanca, for instance, meant white horse.

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