The Jargon File

Gobshite

Once upon a time there was a man.  He was a fairly nice man, and most people seemed to like him.

He told people they should phone their mum once a week.  Everyone agreed with him and thought he was nice for saying it.  He never got round to it though.

He told people that folk should be paid more for menial jobs.  Everyone agreed with him and thought he was nice for saying it.  He never bought fair trade though.

He told people that they should care for the environment.  Everyone agreed with him and thought he was nice for saying it.  He never did get round to recycling anything, or installing his solar panels though.

He told people that homelessness was bad, and poor people should have free housing.  Everyone agreed with him and thought he was nice for saying it.  He never did volunteer at the day centre or turn up at the soup run though.

He told people that big business is crushing the underclass.  Everyone agreed with him and thought he was nice for saying it.  He never did stop shopping at Walmart.

Then one day, he died - before anyone had even noticed he'd been born.


This man said all the right things, but acted on none of them.  He was a gobshite.
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