You cannot say that word in Dail Eireann (and schmarten up, ye great Yahoo ye!)

Apparently the Northern Ireland Assembly is well thought of in Dublin for the good dress code and nice language of its MLAs. Dail Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett is fighting a gallant rearguard action against the ungallant denizens of the Leinster House parliament… And he wants more words banned alongside those already sent to parliamentary limbo, such as:

…brat, buffoon, chancer, communist, corner boy, coward, fascist, gurrier, guttersnipe, hypocrite, rat, scumbag, scurrilous and yahoo.

Whoops, there goes Jonathan Swift (one time Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral)’s great loan word to the English language, and with it all reference to a certain major internet company…

Surely, there’s got to be another way…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty