“And Even More Carefully If We Do Wish To Give It”
“With apologies to Dutch listeners, and a note to self that we must tread carefully if we wish not to give gratuitous offence, and even more carefully if we do wish to give it. “
Stephen Fry, after using the phrase “double-dutch” on the BBC`s The Joy Of Gibberish. Words to live by.
Fry was recently forced to apologize to the Japanese for a joke about the Hiroshima bombing that ended the war with the formerly evil empire of Japan. In a display of either astonishingly good or astonishingly bad luck, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who died recently at 93, was bombed in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but survived. The UK Guardian says
[Fry]voiced amazement that Yamaguchi had been able to use public transport so soon after the attack, prompting panellists to poke fun at Britain`s train services, including a joke about “the wrong kind of bomb [on the tracks]”.
Here`s the clip: