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Humphrys – take note

I came across two surprising pieces of communication yesterday – both of which made me pause for thought (and shout at the radio) and both of which illustrate the impact and joy of words. You may also have heard John Humphrys on the Today programme utter the words ‘go figure’, apparently not with irony. How completely extraordinary. What was he thinking? Is he spending too much time with his 12 year old son? Next he’ll be peppering his broadcasts with ‘like’.

And then in the loo of a Soho cafe later that day there was a note on the door saying ‘The plumbing in this area is rather old and it doesn’t like surprises!’ How elegant and amusing. John – take note.