It took a week for Donald Trump’s favourite news outlet to get round to reporting on the first commercial flight to St Helena. But when it did so, Fox News introduced an interesting new word for the airport project.
It said it was “condemned last year by British taxpayers as a boondoggle.”
Various online dictionaries define a boondoggle as an American word meaning a pointless, wasteful project. Fox News might (not) like to put that to Governor Lisa Phillips, and see if she has another good word for them.
Urbandictionary.com helpfully gives an example of the correct use of the word:
“You’re such a Boondoggle, all you like to do is drink urine while staring at the dead corpse of your grandma.”
It’s also what American boy scouts use to hold their neckerchiefs in place. British scouts call this a woggle, another term that doesn’t really describe an airport.
The Fox News piece actually offers some good insights into St Helena life and heritage, including the wrangling over whether jury trials can ever work on the island.
It opens by listing some of the quirky place names to be found on St Helena, including The Gates of Chaos (that one’s always seemed apt) and Old Woman’s Valley.
They’re a lot more sensible than “boondoggle”.
If they wanted quirky place names, why no mention of Half Tree Hollow – which isn’t hollow, and doesn’t have half a tree?
(Does anyone know how Half Tree Hollow got its name? Maybe it was the half-tree that was hollow?).