Sarkozy, insults and Witchy Poo

Posted November 11, 2011

Sarkozy, insults and Witchy Poo

Have you ever insulted someone behind their back and then been found out?

President Sarkozy has. Over the last few weeks he’s called the Israeli Prime Minister a “liar” and the former Greek Prime Minister a “madman”. He has also commented on the German Chancellor’s idiosyncratic relationship with food: apparently “she says she is on a diet and then helps herself to a second helping of cheese.”

Sarkozy is known for stamping his (tiny) feet and unleashing a sharp tongue when he doesn’t get his own way. However, these are the sort of blunt remarks that would normally be attributed to a small child. Ok, so they were all off mic gaffes and were never intended to be made public but still, as a world leader, he should know better.

But who can hold their hands up and say they’ve never secretly sniped about someone? We all have. And it’s purely a matter of luck whether we get away with it or not, as my own example illustrates.

My family once knew a woman who – I’m sorry but there’s just no other way to put this – looked like a witch. She had a hooked nose and crazy, matted dark hair; we referred to her as ‘Witchy Poo’. Not very original, I know.

Unfortunately “Witchy Poo” was the phrase that my youngest sister latched on to when she was learning to talk. She kept repeating it over and over again, like a parrot. We all thought it was hilarious. Until the day she matched the phrase to the actual person.

‘Witchy Poo’ loved kids. Whenever she saw my sister she would lean into the pram and coo at her. On this particular occasion my sister squealed in delight (although it could have been fright!), pointed her finger at her and very clearly said “Witchy Poo.”

“Aaahh, she’s lovely,” said ‘Witchy Poo’, “but I can’t quite make out what’s she saying.”

We never did tell her.


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