Insurance group Aviva’s website has just been awarded the Internet Crystal Mark for simple and direct language by Plain English Campaign and to commemorate this fact the insurer commissioned a survey to identify the publicâ€™s top 10 favourite gobbledygook phrases.
Needless to say, Boris made the list at #10 with this classic line from one of his Have I Got News For You? appearances:
â€œI could not fail to disagree with you less.â€?
It’s worth outlining the rest of the Top Ten as we at Boriswatch Towers like a good selection of jibberish…
9. George W Bush
“I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe â€“ I believe what I believe is right.â€?
8. Eric Cantona
â€œWhen the seagulls follow the trawler, itâ€™s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.â€?
7. Bill Clinton (during his grand jury testimony about the Monica Lewinsky affair)
â€œIt depends upon what the meaning of the word â€˜isâ€™ is. If â€˜isâ€™ means â€˜is and never has beenâ€™ thatâ€™s one thing â€“ if it means â€˜there is noneâ€™, that was a completely true statement.â€?
6. Gordon Brown
â€œTotal spending will continue to rise and it will be a zero per cent rise in 2013-14.â€?
5. John Motson
â€œFor those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are playing in yellow.â€?
4. Murray Walker
â€œThe lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.â€?
3. Donald Rumsfeld
â€œReports that say that something hasnâ€™t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns â€“ the ones we donâ€™t know we donâ€™t know.â€?
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger (who, by the way, once said Boris was talking rubbish)
â€œI think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.â€?
1. George W Bush [no surprise there – Boriswatch Ed]
â€œOur enemies are innovative and resourceful and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways gobbledygook to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.â€?