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He's a refreshing bastard

When I was a kid and my Mum was on a rant about some hardship or another that my brother and I had wreaked upon her, she would huff and puff until we would feel adequately guilty. She’d know this moment had arrived when we would begin assuring her that we would remedy whatever situation we were in and generally being quite contrite. Once we’d reached this stage of remorse and demonstrated a genuine desire to make change, she would deliver the final nail in the mother-guilt coffin,
“NO!” she’d cry, “Don’t bother. Some other bastard will do it!” By which we all knew she meant her and we would feel terribly bad and rush to assist.

I must have heard that phrase, Some other bastard will do it, so often as a kid that it came as quite a shock one day in the playground at school, to learn what a bastard actually was. It really had nothing to do with my Mum at all. It was the first time that I learned about one word having two meanings. There was the dictionary definition of a bastard that ha…

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