Fellow columnist Tony Leon’s readers will have applauded inwardly last week at his choice description of ANC contributions to polluting the common understanding of things as “stupendous euphemisms and verbal holidays from reality”.

This deft summation refers to the perverse dynamics at work in umpteen recent instances detailed in Leon’s piece (“‘Nonaligned’, ‘pick up the rand’, ‘president’: when words mean fokol”, May 30). ..

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