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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Do not presume to assume

Sometimes you see a word or a phrase that just leaps out at you. It might be, say, the name of an organisation, and the presence of one simple word shows you that what they assume they are about, and what they assume their assumptions are, are two different and separate things. Such as...

McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth

For Too Long We Have Allowed Youth To Endanger Our Way of Life. Isn't It Time We Did Something About the Scourge of Youthfulness that is Sweeping Our Nation? We Need to Tax Youth In Order to Discourage Its Prevalence in Our Society! We Ought to Undertake a Range of Initiatives To Ensure That Youth Is Used Responsibly. We Can No Longer Allow Young People To Take Part In Youthfulness: It Should Be Restricted to People Aged 18 and Over. Why Not a Plain Paper Packaging Policy For Youth? Opinion Column: Scientists Discover Youth Eventually Turn Into Old People, And Shortly Die. Should This Be Allowed? Ought We Not Ask the Hard Questions As Society, Such as Appropriate Ways of Dealing With Our Youth Before The Tragedy of Old Age Sets In?

Or maybe just...

Youth: Taking All the Alcohol Before Older and More Responsible Drunkards Can. It's Time To Act as a Society Before The Last Beer Goes.

6 comments:

Shelley said...

Curiously, that particular Mc appears in my family tree. They're all high functioning alcoholics, thank you very much.

Shelley said...

Further thoughts: the McCuskers I know are very keen at promoting youth and alcohol. Mainly because they're a bunch of crotchety old drunks and we can't keep up with them which makes them feel, as our elders, as though they've failed.

TimT said...

I'm cheering them on in their efforts to promote youth, alcohol, and youthful alcohol drinking. The world is not as far gone as I thought it was.

Shelley said...

Yeah, yeah, it's great until you've been drunk under the table by someone who'd nearly 70 who goes on to wake hideously early the next morning without any sign of a hangover. Repeatedly.

TimT said...

That does sound depressing. It's funny how sustained bouts of drinking over the decades can change the metabolism of a drinker in that way, so things like hangovers are altered.

Then again as the adage says, you can drink your way out of a hangover, which suggests how they avoid that is by perpetually topping themselves up so they are insensible to it.

Shelley said...

Bouts? It's a way of life.

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