Thursday, April 25, 2024

Word of the Week 2022 – Psittacism & Partygate

‘Psittacism’ is a word that perfectly sums up Boris Johnson’s government spineless repetitions telling the public to wait for the conclusions of the Met Police’s investigation into ‘Partygate’

Like the perfectly predictable pillocks that they are, in genuinely grubby parrot-fashion-style, Boris Johnson’s ministers have been reeled out to defend him and his wife’s clearly illegal parties during lockdown last year.


Summing up the activity of the likes of the ostrich anus eater Nadine Dorries MP – who quite frankly looked a little beyond pissed-up and “like something from a Catherine Tate sketch” as she rocked around whilst spouting a predictably crass response to the matter to Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy – favourite of all at The Steeple Times, Countdown ‘Dictionary Corner’ stalwart Susie Dent tweeted on Tuesday:


“Word of the day is psittacism (19th century): the meaningless or mechanical repetition of words. From the Latin psittacus, parrot.”


As she did last November in sharing the 16th century word malversation – “the corrupt administration of power” – in the context of ‘Owen Paterson-gate,’ Dent consistently improves our etymology with these tweets and in educating us all also gives a much deserved daily kick to the frankly most corrupt government in living history.


Today, we salute a lady who is frankly doing the job that Sir Keir Starmer seems to fail at consistently and again today, we join those calling for the resignation of not only the incompetent disgrace that is Dame Cressida Dick DBE, QPM but also the buffoon Prime Minister that clearly thinks it clever to reference his corruption as “total rhubarb.” Let’s instead put this pair of nitwits up against Susie Dent and let’s see how long they last in ‘Dictionary Corner.’
Susie Dent’s tweet on Tuesday was liked by over 20,700 accounts and retweeted 3,049 times. “I’ve said sorry already” is simply not going to wash with the British public from a Prime Minister who has had to – but not actually meant – “being genuinely sorry” on hundreds of occasions throughout his careers as both a journalist and politicians. Frankly, the word of his old mucker, the insurance fraudster Darius Guppy, would be taken as more trustworthy by anyone with half a brain.
Nadine Dorries Catherine Tate Lauren
“Am I bothered? Are you disrespecting me?” – ‘Nasty Nad’ (AKA The Right Honourable Nadine Dorries MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), by contrast, is someone with utterly no grasp of the English language and how to use it. This national disgrace truly is an embarrassment to our nation and makes even Catherine Tate’s character Lauren look positively intelligent.
Nadine Dorries has understandably been labelled the ‘Fool of the Week’ for her behaviour on Monday evening after the Prime Minister’s appalling performance in the House of Commons earlier that day. Here is a woman who previously claimed David Cameron and George Osborne “didn’t know the price of milk,” who also cannot see that it is now her that is totally out of touch with the national mood.
Boris Johnson thinks himself clever when it comes to his use of the English language. Like his equally arrogant and totally vapid sister, Rachel – a woman who showed her true colours last November in announcing that: “It’s hard not to feel a batsqueak of pity for Ghislaine Maxwell” in ‘The Spectator’ in November and added of the since convicted sex offender: “I intersected briefly with her at Oxford. As a fresher I wandered into Balliol JCR one day in search of its subsidised breakfast granola-and-Nescafé offering and found a shiny glamazon with naughty eyes holding court astride a table, a high-heeled boot resting on my brother Boris’s thigh” – this Prime Minister attempts to bamboozle the public with such nonsense as “total rhubarb” as he believes himself to be intellectually superior to them.
Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


  1. You do not really expect truth or an honorable reponse from a man whose DNA is ‘remain’ but who shape-shifted to ‘leave’ just because it was a vector to get him the job his very soul craved for: – [Damn the Country and damn The Union if need be]. Now having got the job he defaults to the bubbly nice-but-dim that is his countenance surrounded by carefully hand-picked dimmer (or equally maleably moralled) bed-fellows who know damn well that when he goes they are forever curtains.


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