PER ANUS – What cheek!


[CJ Hinke comments: We usually only think of this at tax time!]

To the Financial Times

Jonn Elledge’s article on private schools and the relentless yearly rise in fees, well above inflation, reminds me of a Wellington College parent’s complaint to its master in the 1970s.

Receiving the dreaded letter announcing the yearly fee rise, he noticed the misspelling of “per annum”, missing out, crucially, one of the letter ’n’s.

The parent, with some alacrity replied that he would prefer, if he would prefer, if it was OK with the master, to pay the fees in the accustomed way—through the nose.

Patrick Watson, London


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