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Dums or da? — 8 Comments

  1. As a student of the classics (ahem), it's referenda for me. Another six chances to spoil a vote too!  Women in the home eh? Was it not a Fine Gael politician, John Bruton, who made a pre election promise to pay stay-at-home wives £9.60 a week back in the 80s? Only problem was in the small print, the money was coming out of the spouse's income as an extra tax. He forgot to mention that.

    • I too would have thought referenda [mensa and all that shit] but there seems to be some confusion on-line.  I won't miss any sleep over it.  On the other hand, I am going to be exhausted from not voting in all those referendadumsdada.

      I think Bruton was thinking of housekeeping?  Fucking idiot.

      • A point of pedantry. Mensa is singular (I think the plural is mensae, but it's 47 years since I took my Latin O level so I'm a tad rusty).

  2. All of the above because of some 'browser security settings warning' and the fact that click ctrlV into 'the box' doesn't show fuck all has been posted!

    Amend or laugh if you would be so kind…

  3. I also passed Latin in the Leaving Cert and am sort of certain that the plural of referendum is referenda. However the illiterati (singular: illiteratus) like to call a shower of them referendums – or should it be a hustings of referendums? The proposal to change the gender specific clause in the Constitution pertaining to the social contribution by Woman in the Home is perhaps, on your esteemed site, a topic which might appropriately elicit a special post from Herself?

  4. When I saw the title of this piece I thought it was about the lyrics for the Match of the Day theme tune, which is neither da nor dum but do. Meanwhile the debate about the lyrics for the theme from Hawaii 5-O rages on.

  5. I've had this debate over forums / fora, but it would seem from the link that Ger gives us that that debate collapses into "Yeah, whatever…"

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