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Is the world going to Hell in a handcart, or is it just that Ban Ki-Moon needs a thesaurus?

Certain stock phrases will always popular with politicians, and perusing the UN press room for the umpteenth time I was struck by how Ban Ki-moon goes in for being 'deeply concerned'. So, in pursuit of adding to the sum total of human knowledge, I have searched the UN site for three phrases, and charted them for the last decade:

(click for improved legibility)

The 'deeply concerned' tally for 2008 is a fairly encouraging five, and would suggest a year end total of 30 - the lowest this decade, but with 'deeply worried' at one, 12 would be quadruple the 2002 high. Alarming.....

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Anonymous dearieme said... 12:19 pm

Americans have a penchant for finding things "troubling".  



Blogger Unsworth said... 8:45 pm

No mention of 'profoundly, totally and utterly pissed off' then? Mr Ban Ki-Moon needs to get out a bit more. I'm sure the chaps at my local (Les Trois Chapeaux) would be delighted to broaden his knowledge of colloquial English as she are spoke.

Here's Fabien giving it some stick in his truly inimicable manner....

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=6878029

You can tell that we denizens of North Kent are taking this whole EU thing really bleeding seriously, on account of the proximity of 'Europe'. God help us if the UN impinges on the Département.  



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