Final Word from Monday, July 31, 2023

Andrew O'Hagan wrote in the New York Review of Books that media mogul Logan Roy and his children on HBO's Succession make up the swankiest, the sweariest, the most delusional and the most amoral family of turncoats, double-crossers, cheats, and reprobates ever to grace the small screen. The thrill of the series, O'Hagan added, is that even the people who oppose the Roys are pricks. This comes to mind as the neverending series of revelations about ex-Dep. Interior Min. Lukáš Kolářík of the Pirates unfolds. He resigned from his post and suspended his membership in the party because ... well, it's not exactly clear what happened except that he got caught by his wife while trying to get intimate with his assistant, who is married and has a small child, while his wife was in the next room. We won't use the harsh language of O'Hagan, but no one comes out of this looking very well - other than Kolářík's wife. Not even Interior Min. Vít Rakušan of STAN, because if his party hadn't cheated the Pirates out of most of their seats in Parliament, Kolářík would still be an MP and probably wouldn't have even met his young assistant. [ Czech Republic minister deputy Koláříková ]

Glossary of difficult words

mogul - an important or powerful person, esp. in the film or media industry;

swanky - using one's wealth, knowledge or achievements to try to impress others; stylishly luxurious and expensive;

sweary - containing or using offensive or obscene language;

turncoat - a person who deserts one party or cause in order to join an opposing one;

double-crosser - someone who betrays someone with whom he or she is supposedly cooperating;

a cheat - a person who behaves dishonestly in order to gain an advantage;

reprobate - an unprincipled person;

to grace - to bring honor or credit to (someone or something) by one's attendance or participation;

small screen - television;

prick - a stupid or contemptible person;

to unfold - (of events or information) gradually to develop or be revealed.

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