This day in History. Including a few idioms!

It was  a ‘toss up’ between two things that happened on this day in history.  Between a goat and Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister.  The goat won!  But ‘what the hell’,  we decided to put them both in.

‘Toss up’ means, that the choice of the correct answer or the way forward is as random as the toss of a coin.  It can also indicate that the speaker doesn’t care which choice is made.  It is mainly used in the sense that there is no clear difference in the choices and so one might as well toss a coin to decide.

‘What the hell’ means, it’s not important, or who cares?

On this day in 1772, the world’s most travelled goat died, in London.  She had circumnavigated the world twice, first on HMS Dolphin under Captain Wallis, then on Captain Cook‘s HMS Endeavour.  The Lord of the Admiralty even signed a document acknowledging her age and adventures!

HMS – His Majesty’s Ship, nowadays, Her Majesty’s Ship.  Used with all British military ships.

Also on this day in 2010, then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, MP said that he was ‘mortified’ after being caught on microphone describing Rochdale pensioner, Gillian Duffy, as a bigoted woman after she had challenged him on issues, including immigration during the General Election.

MP means, Member of Parliament.

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