Letters, Poem & Editorial
Words failing us
The German verb verschlimmbessern means: “To make something worse in an honest but failed attempt to improve it; to disimprove.” We need an English word for this, as the Coalition does …
Gardening half-truths go back at least to Joseph Banks, but his more noble legacy is our love of exotic plants.
Taking a seat on a bus in Turkey reveals the country shifting secularism.
US Open (Bonus points: 2011; Serena Williams; Evonne Goolagong.)
“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away.”
The Australian cricket team’s doctor confirms the death of Phillip Hughes, who suffered a “catastrophic head injury” during a Sheffield Shield game two days earlier.
“I accept that Ms Newman was motivated by a sense of injustice rather than greed or personal gain.”
The magistrate in the Freya Newman case decides not to register a conviction for the Frances Abbott whistleblower. In fairness, few part-time librarians are in it for greed or personal gain.
“I wouldn’t trust them to build a canoe.”
The defence minister makes a Johnson of himself, admitting he does not have faith in the government-owned Australian Submarine Corporation. He later described the statement as a “rhetorical flourish”.
“He was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I’m shooting him.”
The police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, details the shooting. Mass protests followed a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer.
“Our policy stands.”
The treasurer defends the Medicare co-payment, just before it was dumped. Cohesive government must be wonderful.
“On the upside, I won! Who wants one? First four people to document doing a good deed, I’ll send you an aria. GO!!!”
The singer celebrates winning four ARIA awards by giving them away to do-gooders, which is presumably how John Butler got his.