Compensating for personal inadequacies

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Last updated 13:00 14/03/2014

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We are all indebted to the response from the more petrol- impregnated echelons of your readership to my March 5 letter on Americarna. If one is to benefit fully by having one's myriad personal failings pointed out, it is all the more commendable when grammatically correct sentences are used. Well done. How wrong I was to assume that Americarna aficionados had less wit than their windscreen wiper blades.

It seems there is still hope for the glorious English language among the sump-oil drain pits of our fair province.

There is one thing though that still puzzles me.

In the way that ownership of cross-bred pit bull terriers calls attention to psychological shortcomings, could it be that something similar is lacking in those who spend their weekends washing and polishing hideous gas-guzzlers?

Perhaps the answer lies in an insightful theory proposed some years ago by Taki, the Highlife correspondent of The Spectator. Taki suggested that the main reason anyone would own a large SUV was to compensate for embarrassing personal inadequacy.

Could this distressing syndrome have an Americarna connection?

Should this absurd ''carnival'' ever be held again, I propose that Taki's Conjecture be tested as its final programme event; a down- trou at Peggy Gordons.

JOHN DE BUEGER

New Plymouth

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