The Church of England's Rev Peter Mullan has caused a bit of a stir with his new book, The Politically Incorrect Lexicon.
He says that the modern use of language has become dishonest and used as a device for deceit as much as it is for communication.
A few of his most choice interpretations include:
- Alpha course on Christianity: pizza and chardonnay club
- Celebrity: someone you've never heard of
- CV: a brief, fictionalised autobiography
- Doctor: go-between for the patient and the undertaker
- Life imprisonment: short spell in jail
- Light entertainment: heavy tedium
- Overseas aid: taxing the poor in rich countries to give to the rich in poor countries
- Rights: demands
- Therapist: overpaid sentimentalist with a plaque on his door
- Young people: Youths who undertake charitable works
- Youths: Young people when they are misbehaving