Nincompoops and Buffoons in the Dail

October 7, 2007 at 5:19 pm 1 comment

Here is an educational Dail exchange from 1986, between Fianna Fail TD John Wilson and Ceann Comhairle Thomas Fitzpatrick, about whether Fine Gael TD John Bruton is a nincompoop or a buffoon. >>>

From Dail Debate, December 19, 1986

JW – The man [Bruton] must be a nincompoop.

CCNincompoop is hardly a parliamentary term.

JWI do not want to waste too much time.

CCI know that buffoon is not acceptable.

JWThe Spanish word buffoon means the clown King Philip used to have in his court. I did not say buffoon. I said nincompoop, which is a milder term.

CCI know Deputy Wilson would like to keep up standards.

JWThat is correct. Nincompoop is nicer. It has three syllables. It is not too offensive.

CCThe Chair does not think so.

JWIf the Chair does not think that Deputy Bruton is a nincompoop then I agree with the Chair.

CCIf it is used as a description, that is different.


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