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Public Insults
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0722  Friday, 15 April 2005

From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Apr 2005 13:50:14 -0500
Subject: 16.0715 Public Insults
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0715 Public Insults

I suspect TH may be thinking of the parliamentary debates, especially
the ones (they probably have a specific name) wherein the prime minister
is required to take questions from the floor.

He (or she, of course) had better be ready to take it and dish it out. I
have only watched these a few times (they are shown in America on
C-SPAN, the House of Representatives' channel) but they struck me as
great fun, and required that the prime minister be intellectually very
agile and have a real sense of humor. Barbed ironies are flung back and
forth to the delight of all, even those who are stung.

"Personal insults," as others think of them, lacking in wit and long on
crudity, would be looked down on and do more harm to the insulter than
the insultee.

I have a vague impression that the same kind of thing goes on at the
universities, but don't know under what circumstances.


(A pleasant occupation for spare moments while standing in line or
riding on public transportation: how would recent American presidents
have done if compelled to undergo the same ritual?)

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