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Fool shocker

F-Word to be removed from city's language

Published on April 1st 2009.

Fool shocker

IN A move described as “the nanny state gone mad”, Liverpool City Council is this week expected to ban the word “fool” from its dealings, communications and daily vocabulary within its staff, operations and preferred suppliers.

According to the council and Liverpool Vision, who commissioned a consultation exercise and a report by the liberal Cambridge think tank “More Fool You”, the word has pejorative connotations, lowers individuals' standing in the eyes of their peers, can lead to low self esteem and, like purple wheelie bins, really has no place in Liverpool.

Under the controversial proposals, being considered by the ruling executive committee and several highly paid officials, the song Fool On The Hill would disappear from this year's Beatles Day. Yes, there really is going to be another one.

Fruit fools will vanish from school dinner menus and Councillor Berni “Inn” Turner, who is in charge of the city's restaurants, is insisting that the F word be removed from all fine dining dessert menus at places such as the London Carriage Works and 60 Hope Street.

Anyone breaching the rule may be subject to a fool surcharge.

A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said: “People aren't fools, you know.”

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

DigApril 1st 2009.

I'll say, Chocolaty O'Clairs, unfortunately, is no more. What's the weather like in The Lakes next week Sian? I'm off to Grange on Monday.

Widow TwankyApril 1st 2009.

To the spokesman from Liverpool City Council."Oh yes they are."

Sian LloydApril 1st 2009.

You do know, don't you Dig, that there's no such thing as a free lunch.

DigApril 1st 2009.

Thanks Chocolaty. I can't believe you bought me a prezzie. A free lunch in Chocolaty O'Clairs !!!! I can't wait. I'll have the butternut and veg soup again. Luurrvly. x

miss chocolaty o'clairsApril 1st 2009.


Billy GraftonApril 1st 2009.

Nice one - the problem is, it sits too well alongside some of their 'real world' as opposed to April Fool decisions - to paraphraser Ray Davies, you nearly got me.

Village IdiotApril 1st 2009.

How does he know?

DigApril 1st 2009.

It's my birthday today and I am a fool.

EditorialApril 1st 2009.

Yes, Billy, we thought about that!

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