If you want to show off your command of language, Jacob Rees-Mogg, beware those who are better at it

Jacob Rees-Mogg, making a gesture that well defines him.

If you don’t like Jacob Rees-Mogg, you’ll probably love this. It features my brother, the Beast, semantically brutalising the Tory darling.

Intrigued? Read on:

In this video [Russell Brand] takes on Jacob Rees-Mogg, now the darling of the Tory party, many of whom would just love him to take over the reins from Theresa May, whose own failings are increasingly obvious. And they definitely prefer him to Boris after BoJo showed his complete lack of scruple and personal loyalty by stabbing Cameron and then Gove in the back over Brexit.

They like Mogg, because he’s soft-spoken and courteous. But as Brand points out here, his opinions are absolutely toxic. Brand shows the clip of Mogg wrong-footing John Snow when Suchet was interviewing him about May’s Brexit speech. Suchet stated that many people thought here speech was a shambles. So Mogg says ‘It seems a bit harsh to compare her speech to a butcher’s slaughterhouse.’ This throws Snow for a moment, who clear wasn’t aware that that was what the word originally meant, and throws it back to Mogg, saying that it seems a harsh thing for him to say. Only for Mogg to tell him that this is what Suchet himself has said, as that’s what the word means. Brand rightly mocks Mogg for this piece of rhetoric.

In fact, the word shambles actually means the stalls butchers occupied in medieval market places. Bridgwater in Somerset had its shambles, and a fish shambles as well, in the Cockenrow, the name of which means ‘Cook’s Row’, and refers to the shops in that part of town selling cooked meat. The medieval shambles at Shepton Mallet has survived, and you can visit it with the benches on which the medieval tradesmen used to display their wares, above which is mounted a small tiled roof.

In discussing the etymology of the word, Mogg is clearly being pedantic, simultaneously using his knowledge to play down just how awful and uninspiring May’s speech was, while also showing off his superior knowledge in the hopes that this will impress everyone with the depth of his aristocratic education. In fact, the word’s etymology is immaterial here. The word is simply used commonly to mean a mess. Of course, if you wanted to make the point in a more elevated and highfalutin manner, Snow could have said ‘I was using the term synchronically’, which is modern philologist’s parlance for what a term means now.

Source: Russell Brand Takes Down Jacob Rees-Mogg | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

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5 thoughts on “If you want to show off your command of language, Jacob Rees-Mogg, beware those who are better at it

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      If you’re referring to that big stately home that’s being renovated at public cost, his family doesn’t own it any more.

  1. Zippi

    Jacob Rees-Mogg’s understanding of the word is, in online lexicons, listed as archaic and in others, the first definition. It is not one of which I was aware. The origin is, indeed and in fact, that of butchers’ stalls coming from the £atin word for bench. The York Shambles possibly being the most famous however this definition has not travelled to the U.S.A. Other definitions include:
    any place of carnage.
    any scene of destruction:
    [to turn cities into shambles.]
    any scene, place, or thing in disorder
    [Her desk is a shambles.]
    Any of the above, methinks, would be appropriate when describing Theresa May, of late.
    Jacob Rees-Mogg is a pedant, as am I but there is a time and a place and this, clearly, was neither!

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