It’s good to have company – I now feel less alone when I say these things

Published: January 9, 2017 at 12:24pm

Of course he is. We don’t speak about the banality of evil for nothing. I would not, however, use ‘pure’ as an adjective with the noun ‘evil’, as one of the subsidiary meanings of that adjective is ‘wholesome and untainted by morality’, making it that particular adjective-noun combination read initially like a perplexing contradiction in terms.




  • observer

    “Unadulterated” and “unredeemable” would do just as well.

  • Francis Saliba MD

    “Pure” in that contest means “unadulterated” as opposed to impure, unrefined.

  • “Rude and vulgar”

    I’m sure that’s not quite what you meant. Rude and vulgar? How about blunt, sharp and witty.

  • South Africans speak South African English. We don’t.

  • Peppina

    Meanwhile Net News airs a vox pop about journalists’ code of ethics. Almenu the people questioned did not fare too badly. Nahseb li bdejna nistenbhu.

  • Godfrey Leone Ganado

    The eyes of a terrified person.

  • Tabatha_White

    Resident.