Monday, February 4, 2008


If at first you don't succeed, malapropisms may not be for you:
In Parliament on Wednesday, Erwin warned that load-shedding was designed to prevent a catastrophe.

"We cannot envisage [sic] any possibility of the system going down. This is absolutely critical."
[SAPA, via the Sunday Independent]

Now this is oxymoronic, to say the least. Obviously he could envisage the "possbility of the system going down" - otherwise how would he know he had to prevent something?

Perhaps Mr Erwin was so busy being entertained by his fellow Parliamentarians to properly entertain the notion that he might need to use a different, less incorrect, word. I'll leave you to guess which one. How entertaining this whole post has been.

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