Spot of bother for David Cameron, leader of Britain’s Conservative party and, barring The Rapture, next Prime Minister of Knifecrime Island: He had to apologize for using the word “twat” in a radio interview (the subject, of course, was Twitter). Also, he used the words “pissed off” to describe the electorate’s feeling about politicians, which lead to this delightful exchange with his press secretary after the interview, as related by the radio show’s host.
He said (to her) ‘That seemed to go OK.’ She said ‘Yeah, apart from the language.’ He said ‘Oh, yeah, pissed, sorry about that, I’m really sorry.’… She said ‘No, it was the twat.’ He said ‘That’s not a swear word.’ I think he must be posh, where a lot of them don’t think twat is a swear word. His press secretary went ‘It is.’
The host also noted that, fine-wise, “twat” was pretty low down on the list of offensive words. There are indeed jewels in the crown of England’s glory, and every jewel shines a thousand ways.