Cool WhipsPosted on September 9, 2012
As ever, the reshuffle has raised crucial political questions: What does this mean for the Third Runway? Who cried when they got the sack? Did we really need to see the receipt for Grant Shapps’ now famous £4 machine washable tie?
But perhaps the most important mystery is this: how are you supposed to punctuate the Government Whips’ Office? Is it an office belonging to many Whips, or is the Whip an intangible, singular entity in itself? Alternatively, is the office simply where the Whips sit, and therefore not in anyone’s possession?
Westminster is deeply divided on the matter.
The normally omniscient House of Commons Library goes for a singular Whip: “The Whip’s Office”.
Meanwhile, the BBC plumps for a plural possessive: “the Whips’ office”.
The political establishment has, all of a sudden, found itself trapped in the “Cool Whip” conversation between Stewie Griffen and Brian in Family Guy.
Perhaps some grammarians can settle the question once and for all?
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