Guardian columnist Marina Hyde’s ‘fewer/less’ gag is people’s favourite Boris Johnson joke
The always brilliant Marina Hyde’s gone even more viral than usual with her latest column, in particular for this ‘fewer/less’ gag about Boris Johnson.
— Matt Wells (@MatthewWells) July 13, 2019
And it really might …
But don’t take our word for it …
This is bloody brilliant
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) July 13, 2019
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) July 13, 2019
I honestly thought she’d made a mistake. Had to re-read three times and then sit back in open mouthed admiration.
— Ralf Little (@RalfLittle) July 14, 2019
— Jon Holmes (@jonholmes1) July 13, 2019
And it was made just that little bit better by the person who felt compelled to do this.
Both less of his kids and fewer are correct, but they mean different things. Less implies spending less time with them; fewer implies some of them will now never get seen — though if some were previously never seen, it means fewer are now seen than even that.
— Harold Thimbleby (@haroldthimbleby) July 13, 2019
I think that’s the joke.
— Steve Peers (@StevePeers) July 13, 2019
And you can read the whole column here.