Monday, March 22, 2004


In my House Points column for 30 January I invented a new word - "snuggery" - defined as an exaggerated concern for safety.

It was named after a Hampshire vicar, the Revd David Snuggs, who had an ancient yew in his churchyard cut down in case paedophiles hid in its branches and pounced on the choirboys. (I paraphrase.)

The latest example of snuggery comes from Blackburn, where what the BBC website calls "swimming pool chiefs" have banned the backstroke because it is too dangerous.

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