Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Chuckle for the day

A wonderful exchange from the 1980s British sitcom "Yes, Prime Minister" (which followed "Yes, Minister." This features, Jim Hacker, current Prime Minister, and Bernard Woolley, his principal private secretary.

JH: Dorothy tells me that technically, Humphrey's supposed to phone you from the cabinet office before he comes through to number 10. Is that true?
BW: Well, perhaps, in theory but it's really just a formality.
JH: Good. Humphrey likes formality.
BW: Yes, Prime Minister. But as they say, it's a custom more honor'd in the breach than in the observance.
JH: Oh, really Bernard. Must you and Humphrey really always express yourself in this roundabout and pompous way? "More honor'd in the breach than the observance." Must always destroy the most beautiful language in the world, the language of Shakespeare.
BW: That is Shakespeare, Prime Minister.

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