Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The secretary

Sir Humphrey: "Minister, I think there is something you perhaps ought to know."

Jim Hacker: "Yes Humphrey?"

Sir Humphrey: "The identity of the Official whose alleged responsibility for this hypothetical oversight has been the subject of recent discussion, is NOT shrouded in quite such impenetrable obscurity as certain previous disclosures may have led you to assume, but not to put too fine a point on it, the individual in question is, it may surprise you to learn, one whom you present interlocutor is in the habit of defining by means of the perpendicular pronoun."

Jim Hacker: "I beg your pardon?"

Sir Humphrey: "It was...I."

1 comment:

Usha said...

Perpendicular pronoun huh! he is a Conniving guy but you can't help admire him!
Reminds me of something an old relative told me when I was about 8 and we all memorised it. Goes somewhat like this:
Samuel Johnson once asked someone:
"Will you please allow me to dip my digital extremities into those odoriferous cavities and extract there from some pulverized items which when blown through the nasal cavities cause titilation to the olfatic nerves?"
(ya, he wanted a pinch of snuff! No please, not curry powder!!!!!)