Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tories begin defecting to Ukip over 'loons' slur

The Daily Telegraph wins my Headline of the Day Award - paywall or no paywall - and quite possibly my Headline of the Year Award too.


iain said...

I stand to be corrected by Caron Lindsay but I always thought 'loon' was a perfectly good Scots word* for one of the riff raff,a dishonest rascal, a rogue etc -in which case why are we surprised by the description

* Concise Scots Dictionary, Aberdeen Univ Press

Anonymous said...

Ah but Wikipedia:

The word "Tory" derives from the Middle Irish word tóraidhe; modern Irish tóraí: outlaw, robber or brigand, from the Irish word tóir, meaning "pursuit", since outlaws were "pursued men"

So Tory loon seems quite appropriate