I was in Ireland the other week when I saw a sign outside a restaurant, proudly advertising ‘No chips here!’
It took me aback. I love chips. Everyone loves chips, don’t they? Why would you boast of not having them? Isn't that like saying: 'None of that horrible chocolate stuff here', or 'No booze!'?
But maybe that chalked notice wasn't really about food. Maybe it was about class. Perhaps in Ireland, 'No chips' translates as 'Don't worry, no plebs in here.'
That's certainly how things used to be in England.
|Once upon a time, middle-class mayonnaise wouldn't be seen dead with chips|