The value of words

Dec 31st, 2016 | By | Category: International

The passing of the Christmas holidays brings a confrontation with the diary for the first week of January. A dinner awaits at the end of next week, an evening of polite conversation. “Cocktail party talk,” is the way a friend would describe it; never having been to a cocktail party, it is difficult to know whether to concur. It is not an evening anticipated with excitement, to be endured rather than enjoyed. (“Now you know how I feel at rugby matches,” I can hear the Best Beloved say).

African friends …