Thursday, June 25, 2009

You can do everything that's legal, except for the things that you can't do

Shock news of the day is this: tobacco companies are allowed to do things that are legal.

SIMON CHAPMAN: In Australia and every other country in the world tobacco is a product which literally is unregulated. You can put really anything you want that's legal in a tobacco product and not have to be accountable to anybody.

I mean, wow. Fancy that! Being allowed to do things that are legal! There ought to be a law against doing legal things before people get harmed. From now on, the only things done should be illegal.

When they're not boldly speaking out against the dangers of people irresponsibly acting in accordance with the law, anti-smoking groups are also wanting to censor entire words from the lexicon:
Anti-smoking campaign group Quit says the colloquial name of a work break should be changed from 'smoko' to 'quito'.

Quit executive director Fiona Sharkie says fewer than one in five adults smoke, and the term is no longer relevant.
It reminds me of the modest efforts by McDonalds to edit the Oxford Dictionary.


Dale Slamma said...

Non omne quod licet honestum est.

TimT said...

O tempora, o mores!

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

rosa rosa rosa est est.

TimT said...

But what about rosa rosa rosa rosa rosa rosa rosa?

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

non comprehensibilus est. tu dixisti, in anglicam linguam, "rose rose rose rose rose", sed "a rose is a rose is a rose" dixi. latina jocus est.

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

[Exit Alexis, stage left, clutching overfunded secondary education.]

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

Also: latinus jocus est.


TimT said...

So what's the going exchange rate on rosa vs an est, then?

TimT said...

I don't suppose I could use E pluribus unum as a guide for the mathematics?

TimT said...

I have a passing fancy to change my name to Dominic, so that everything I say from then on could be Dominical utterances.

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