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Mandy’s paying lip service

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Letters – 1 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

TELSTRA – The end of the line?

I live in a valley that was ravaged by flood last year. Telegraph poles were swept out of the...

I loved Mandy Nolan’s Confession of a Pussy Grabber, but unfortunately, as much as I tried not to, I had to comment about her sentence, ‘The labias reached out like triffids and pulled his sad little stubby-fingered hand into its desperate lair.’ The plural of labium is labia so if we are talking both sides it would be just ‘the labia reached out.’

Triffids were fictitious trees, each with leaves, three walking appendages and a poisonous sting which killed people. They had nothing to pull anything with. My imagery goes wild trying, unsuccessfully, to see two small plants attached to the rather wonderful area that we are talking about here. Unless Mandy is referring to Perth band The Triffids which indeed would have had plenty of hands to pull stubby things with.

If Mandy is using literary licence, then ‘labias’ could reach out, but they would pull the stubby hand into ‘their desperate lair,’ not ‘its desperate lair.’

But apart from all this pedantry, the image of Trump reaching out to grab at a woman in any way at all is truly disgusting.

Lee Cass, Byron Bay


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