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Mind your language

Lord Geidt’s ‘odious’ remark

25 June 2022

9:00 AM

25 June 2022

9:00 AM

Lord Geidt said in his resignationletter that he had been put in an odious position. He meant it was hateful,though it is impossible to forget the malapropism (avant la lettre) of Dogberryin Shakespeare’s Much Ado: ‘Comparisons are odorous.’

Lord Geidt’s adjectiveseemed to me old-fashioned and classically inspired. Odious would havebeen fashionable in the Regency period.

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