Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Interesting use of words...

La Toynbee, in an otherwise uninteresting defence of the ridiculous jobs advertised, at our expense, by her employer, describes Lord Browne's severance package with BP as "£63m legally purloined from a public company holding all our pension funds"

Purloined: v. pur·loined, pur·loin·ing, pur·loins
v.tr.
To steal, often in a violation of trust.
v.intr.
To commit theft.

If it's legal, it isn't theft. Legal purloining is like consensual rape - a definitional impossibility. So it might be best if she only used words she understood in future.

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