A useful note for Raab and Johnson | Brief letters

Latin notes | Dominic Raab | Misquoted phrases | Eyewitness photos | The Gherkin

The correspondence on Latin teaching (Letters, 19 August) reminded me of a former colleague who, before Post-it notes arrived, had developed his own short message forms. These had the phrase “te absente stercus flabellum tanguit” across the top, and he assured us that it was Latin for “while you were out, the shit hit the fan”. Probably an appropriate note for Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson to have received after the Taliban took Kabul during their holidays.
Paul Faupel
Somersham, Cambridgeshire

• “Dominic Raab ‘refused to be contacted’ in days before Afghanistan fell while on holiday in Crete (Report, 19 August). “British workers are the worst idlers in the world.” (Raab et al, 2012). Discuss.
Mike Jones
Pinhoe, Exeter

• The most misquoted well-known phrase (Letters, 19 August)? I offer “One bad apple…”, which should conclude with “…can spoil the whole barrel.” It is usually deployed by apologists for institutional corruption to suggest the exact opposite of the original meaning.
Dr Brian O’Callaghan
Sonning, Berkshire

• Your marvellous photos featuring artists with costumes made from rubbish (The Guardian picture essay, 20 August) do not just highlight the problems associated with waste, they also provide a great audition lineup for the next series of Doctor Who.
David Collins
Kidderminster, Worcestershire

• Likening the new hotel in Edinburgh to a poo emoji is fully justified (Editorial, 18 August). We have always referred to the Gherkin as the London Suppository.
Ian Winstanley
Ashton-in-Makerfield, Manchester

Have an opinion on anything you’ve read in the Guardian today? Please email us your letter and it will be considered for publication.


The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, fighting talk and thoughtless words | Letters
Letters: Suggesting Boris Johnson will recover from Covid-19 because he is a ‘fighter’ is an insult both to those who lose their lives and to medical staff, writes Isabella Stone. Plus letters from Liam McAuley and Louise Morrey


08, Apr, 2020 @4:56 PM

Article image
Brave civil service whistleblowers give us hope for public life | Brief letters
Brief letters: Allegiance to the truth | Energy poverty | Burning hope | Bye, bye, bye Browning | Dominic Raab

06, Feb, 2023 @4:46 PM

Article image
That's one virus gone by Christmas | Brief letters
Brief letters: The Cobblers | Dominic Cummings | Women in sculpture


13, Nov, 2020 @4:57 PM

Article image
Lord knows the importance of apostrophes | Brief letters
Brief letters: Good Friday | Tesco | Mice expressions | Swallows | Dominic Raab | Boris Johnson


10, Apr, 2020 @3:33 PM

Article image
Let’s satnav our way out of lockdown | Brief letters
Brief letters: Roadmaps | Brexit | Dilyn the dog | Ghostess


15, Feb, 2021 @4:38 PM

Article image
Standard questions about Dominic Raab’s record as a minister | Brief letters
Brief letters: Dover-Calais importance | Afghanistan withdrawal | Heron mishearing | Mastodon confusion | Oxford comma

13, Nov, 2022 @6:37 PM

Article image
Afghan failures show ‘global Britain’ is just an empty slogan | Letters
Letters: Mark Newbury highlights the lack of support for refugees, David Beswick writes of the mismanagement of Afghanistan evacuations, and Dr Richard Carter draws attention to the UK’s diminishing influenc


07, Sep, 2021 @4:06 PM

Article image
Dominic Raab’s opera jibe hits a bum note | Brief letters
Brief letters: Class snobbery | Duke of Edinburgh walkers | Failing the balance test | One of ‘the girls’


01, Jul, 2022 @4:43 PM

Article image
The Guardian view on Dominic Raab: no grip, no plan, no shame | Editorial
The foreign secretary’s evasions are typical of a government that cannot take responsibility for its actions


01, Sep, 2021 @5:57 PM

Article image
Yet another spiffing gaffe from Johnson | Brief letters
Brief letters: Boris Johnson | Period poverty | Jewish theatre | Skinny jeans | Cheltenham race card


14, Mar, 2019 @6:23 PM