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Boris Johnson’s Education Action: The Words That Best Sum Up Britain’s MPs

by | 15th, September 2007

hazel-blears.jpg THE charity Education Action has put together a list of entries to find the country’s most-loved word. (We know it’s ‘bollocks’.)

Efforts by the great and good include and we have taken the liberty of translating what they mean to you, the voter:

Andrew Miller , MP for Ellesmere Port & Neston:
Axiomatic: ‘There cannot be another word with such a self-evident meaning!!’
Means: I do crosswords at the cricket.

Anne Milton , Shadow Minister for Health and MP for Guilford:
Yes: ‘Because it is associated with hope, agreement, consensus and happiness!’
Means: I am always positive. But not in a weird way; in a good way.

Bob Russell , MP for Colchester:
Smile: ‘Smile, and the whole world smiles with you; or so the saying goes. When you smile, then it encourages others to smile. So let’s have it for “smile”- the nation’s (the world’s!) favourite word!’
Means: I might be a) on anti-depressants; b) genuinely happy to see you; or c) channeling Tony Blair.

Boris Johnson , MP for Henley:
Carminative: ‘My suggestion is “carminative” which I regard as a splendid word and which means a spell its effects being highly beneficial.’
Means: I am quirky, unepxcted and, dare it go unsaid, magic.

Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden:
Thanks
Means: I am humble.

Denis MacShane , MP for Rotherham:
Hello: ‘A word that always starts off something new, different, good. If it is to be a nasty moment like going in front of the Head or seeing the dentist or being interrogated by John Humphries then it is “Good morning” which is formal and foretells something less cheerful than what follows Hello.’
Means: I talk to people in lifts.

Derek Wyatt , MP for Sittingborne & Sheppey:
Wow: ‘Continually surprised at how much I don’t know and how much I’m told every day about how much I don’t know.’
Means: Brilliant!

Elliot Morley , MP for Scunthorpe County:
Crepuscular: ‘It is a word that describes creatures active in the twilight of day and dusk. It’s a great word with great imagery of a favourite time of day.’
Means: The sun is past the yard arm.

George Galloway , MP for Bethnal Green and Bow:
Indefatigability
Means: I can laugh at myself; and you should join in.

Gisela Stuart , MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston:
Papagena: ‘Because it feels good to say the word out loud and whenever I say it I hear the wonderful Music of Mozart’s Magic Flute….’
Means: I am called Gisela.

Gregory Knight , MP for East Yorkshire:
Iconoclast: ‘In politics, to get things done, you sometimes have to challenge cherished beliefs, and make people think and realise that the accepted way of doing things may not be right for today.’
Means: I will never be Prime Minister.

Hazel Blears , MP for Salford:
Fellowship: ‘I believe unequivocally in the word ‘fellowship’. It means to have a sense of belonging to one another in society, and for me, is shorthand for the concept that by doing things together we can achieve much more than if we were to do things alone.’
Means: I might look like a Hobbit but in a team I can be mighty. Oh yes. Mighty.

Jeff Ennis , MP for Barnsley East & Mexborough:
Growler: ‘My favourite word is GROWLER, but not in the traditional sense. A growler is a pork pie in Grimethorpe slang and I believe that is a very descriptive noun.’
Means: I am from oop north.

Jim Knight , Minister of State for Schools and MP for South Dorset:
Piquant: ‘I love cooking and food, especially if it is pungent and sharp, but as well as piquant food I love piquant wit and a piquant look.’
Means: I am not taking the piss. It really is piquant.

John Hemming , MP for Birmingham, Yardley:
Quintessence: ‘Because it can mean something is really good,

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