Thursday, July 16, 2009

So that's what Bertie Wooster's uncle was talking about.

I knew the general of it, but not the specific. Mencius Moldbug has just enlightened me.

Does anyone here remember sniglets? Made-up words, fashionable when I was in my teens, to describe some humorous concept? There was one I always liked: "Snargle". It means, "to lessen the impact of a horror film by filtering it through the fingers."

I snargled this wikipedia entry:

The 1909 (UK) People's Budget was a product of H.H. Asquith's Liberal government that introduced many unprecedented taxes on the wealthy and radical social welfare programmes to Britain's political life. It was championed by Chancellor of the Exchequer David Lloyd George and his strong ally Winston Churchill, who was then President of the Board of Trade. Churchill's biographer William Manchester called the "People's Budget" "a revolutionary concept" because it was the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public. It was a key issue of contention between the Liberal government and the House of Lords, ultimately leading to two general elections in 1910 and the enactment of the Parliament Act 1911.

I wish I'd had a friend in the room to lend her fingers to mine; this could have used some more snargling.

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