Yet in our eagerness not to offend or alienate audience, journalists have slipped into "on the one hand/one the other handism
." All too often, that has amounted to assuring our readers, viewers and listeners that everyone in public life is equally awful.
For the rest, the new book (all twenty quids' worth) will get you up to speed with "concrete music" - "music consisting of an electronically modified montage of tape-recordedsounds", or explain about "kippers" - kids in parents' pockets eroding retirement savings; and "handism
", the latest PC crime of bias against left-handers (or right).
It includes up-to-the-minute acronyms - 'Rotfl' is text messaging speak for rolling on the floor laughing - and hip colloquialisms - have you heard about the 'hornbag' who was a bit of a 'plank' who campaigned against 'handism