Friday, 25 October 2013

LIKE LORD THOMOND'S COCKS

All on one side

I recently used this long-established comparison again (in this case with reference to the left-liberal opposition in Hungary). This is not the first time that this expression has come to my mind with respect to the strange little world in and around Conductive Education – and probably not the last time that it may need a few words of explanation:
Like Lord Thomond’s cocks, all on one side. Lord Thomond’s cock-feeder, an Irishman, being entrusted with some cocks which were matched for a considerable sum, the night before the battle shut them all together in one room, concluding that as they were all on the same side, they would not disagree: the consequence was, they were most of them either killed or lamed before the morning.
Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.
I am reminded of this comparison, yet again, by Anne Wittig's impressions from the recent 7th World Congress:


To paraphrase Basil Fawlty, just don't mention the elephants in the room.

An earlier item on this

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