I bet you don’t read the NY Post. I figure it is a dirty job but one of us has to do it. How else would you learn about shocking political news like this story?
Joe & Jill Biden put on sneakers for drink on hotel patio after BoJo meeting
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden shocked fellow guests at their castle-themed hotel in England when they emerged in sneakers and jeans to have a drink on the hotel patio after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The NY Post article doesn’t elaborate on how they know that other guests were “shocked” as in surprised merely because the President and First Lady came out on the patio for drinks, or shocked as in appalled because they were wearing jeans and sneakers. Perhaps others on the patio were simply surprised that they came out on the patio.
The article does include this tweet from BBC reporter Jon Sobel who expressed surprise and not being appalled by their informal attire.
The second paragraph of the article is as follows:
The first couple walked onto the patio of Treganna Castle, which was built in 1774 on the Cornish coast, and jostled wooden furniture before taking a seat.
Looking at the video in the tweet above I don’t see any jostling of furniture. I see brief touching of chairs but the British meaning of jostling is the same as the American meaning.
My online dictionary explains the origin of the word:
late Middle English justle, from just, an earlier form of joust. The original sense was ‘have sexual intercourse with’; current senses date from the mid 16th century.
Make of that what you will.
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