I am irritated by (mostly) politicians and (also) media-types referring to "ordinary people". I don't mind being a regular, normal, ordinary chap, but when they wield it, the phrase comes with the patronising implication that they are somehow better than ordinary. And as we have seen for a long time and especially in recent years, many politicians in particular and journalists in general tend to range from 'ordinary' downwards.
I log occurrences here and send offenders a postcard.
Sunday, 12 April 2015
Ordinary people, extraordinary lovers
Nothing spotted on TV or radio today, but there is a sensible use of the phrase in a Sunday Times review of My Dear Bessie, WW2 love letters between Chris Barker and Bessie Moore. It sounds like an entirely pleasant book and I might buy one.