“bearing up…” thanks to A Clever Boy

A certain Clever Boy informed me over dinner last Saturday evening of the somewhat undiplomatic language used by Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Court of Norway last week. He has since posted the somewhat unfortunate phrase on his blog:

Last night I put on the radio for the news at midnight and heard of the attack by a polar bear on a party of English school pupils on an expedition to Svalbad. One young man was killed and four seriously injured. This is clearly a sad event for all those connected to it. However what struck me was a comment by the British ambassador to Norway. She had flown north to Tromso to visit the injured survivors in hospital and being asked about them said, and I quote her phrasing exactly, that they were “bearing up”…

from Once I Was A Clever Boy

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