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    Question bumper edition

    Welcome to another bumper edition of Mind How You Go. The only trouble is knowing where to start. Spoilt for choice, as a matter of fact.

    Should I kick off with the trigger-happy Plod who Tasered a sheep? Or banning compulsory swimming lessons for all new recruits to avoid offending Muslim women.
    LITTLEJOHN: The mad Mullah, a Tasered sheep and a Bin Laden lookalike | Mail Online

    Source: the Daily Mail

    The text I quoted is the first two paragraphs of an article by a columnist from the Daily Mail.

    Q1: Is there really an edition called bumper edition in the radio programmes? I understand the columnist just created such an edition to start his writing here.

    Q2: Why did the columnist say 'spoilt the choice'? Does it refer to there are many radio programmes so the listeners are spoilt.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    LITTLEJOHN: The mad Mullah, a Tasered sheep and a Bin Laden lookalike | Mail Online

    Source: the Daily Mail

    The text I quoted is the first two paragraphs of an article by a colomnist from the Daily Mail.

    Q1: Is there really an edition called bumper edition in the radio programmes? I understand the columnist just created such an edition to start his writing here.

    Q2: Why did the columnist say 'spoilt the choice'? Does it refer to there are many radio programmes so the listener are spoilt.

    Thanks!
    A "bumper" edition is one that is bigger or contains more content than usual.
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    "Spoilt for choice" - there are so many stories it is difficult to know which ones to choose.

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    Hello Anglika,

    Thank you for your answer and correction.

    Happy weekend!

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    "Spoilt for choice" is a new one for me. I looked it up and saw that it is a British term, and usually "spoiled for choice" in American English. Interesting!

    But what is "plod"? I am a native American-English speaker and have never heard it used this way. I have only heard it used like "plodding through the muck", and I could not find any answers from Google. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackolantern View Post
    But what is "plod"? I am a native American-English speaker and have never heard it used this way. I have only heard it used like "plodding through the muck", and I could not find any answers from Google. Thanks!
    "Plod" - slightly pejorative term for a policeman, usually implying a rural one without much in the way of brains.

    This story was quite true - a bunch of Welsh sheep were a nuisance in a village and when the police attempted to eject them, the ram became aggressive so a taser was used to stun it in order that it could be moved. The journalist has clearly never faced a rather cross, aggressive ram.

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    Anglika, is 'cop' a pejorative word for a policeman? Thanks!

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    Anglika, is 'cop' a pejorative word for a policeman? Thanks!
    No. Here he would be a "copper" - someone who cops [catches or arrest] another. "cop" is an abbreviation of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    No. Here he would be a "copper" - someone who cops [catches or arrest] another. "cop" is an abbreviation of this.
    Thank you for your answer, Anglika.

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