t Double Yellow's Musings: The Known Unknowns Revisited
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Known Unknowns Revisited

In a Department of Defence News Transcript, Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defence made this infamous statement....

"The message is that there are no "knowns." There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."

I think we have just managed to match the above statement with one of our own. Talking about the Casino Control Bill, one good minister took pains to explain the size of the department that will control anti-vice activities. He said…

"We don't want an oversized department and end up not having much to do. We hope we don't have much to do, but at the same time when we need to do a job, we make sure we have enough people to do the job or, at least, to understand how to do the job."

I guess just saying that “the department size will be sufficient enough” would have been too confusing for Singaporeans :)


Blogger mooiness said...

Classic - this is one of those reasons that English is a hell of a language for non-English speakers to learn. No sense!

8:46 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey mooiness, if Rumsfeld who is schooled is proper English can talk like that, then do we have any hope? :)

2:21 AM  
Blogger Beng said...

Gosh, I can't imagine what if that minister writes a blog...

I wonder how many will understand his messages?

6:42 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

haha beng, ministers do write blogs... except its called 'press releases' :p

9:51 AM  

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