2

Robert Peston recently wrote on his BBC blog:

But it would mean that the perceived quality of all the trillions of dollars of bonds it has sold would deteriorate (here is one of my "dear grandma, love egg" moments - when a government issues a bond, it is borrowing from investors).

What on earth is a “dear grandma, love egg” moment?

13
  • 1
    @FumbleFingers, I think you misunderstood me. I meant the entire quoted phrase looks like the opening and the ending to a hypothetical letter send to grandma from the (sucked?) egg: “Dear grandma, [content here]. Love, Egg”. Oct 2, 2013 at 0:03
  • 1
    @FumbleFingers I agree that this isn't standard usage, but there's no need for speculation either. It's a clear allusion to some remarks he'd made in another recent article, which regular readers would presumably recognize. Oct 2, 2013 at 1:34
  • 1
    And in context, I would agree that it means “Dear Grandma – Sincerely, Eggs.” With the eggs from the previous article being anthropomorphized. Oct 2, 2013 at 1:43
  • 1
    I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would think this is On Topic here. Oct 2, 2013 at 11:45
  • 2
    In the old scheme of things, this would probably be Too Localized. I don't see how it's Not a Real Question, and having found a single, clear answer I'd say it's certainly not Primarily Opinion-Based. Ultimately, the problem is that the meaning is unique to the author and not general English, but there's no way for the original poster to know that without having first found the meaning. Oct 2, 2013 at 21:56

1 Answer 1

5

This cryptic metaphor appears to be an allusion to two asides that the author made in another article just a few days before the one quoted. From “Has Labour fallen out of love with business?”:

(everything else being equal, the cost of capital rises as shares fall - sorry for the eggs tutorial, Grandma)

(Here's more eggs stuff, Grandma - when it becomes more expensive to raise capital, it becomes more expensive to invest in big projects).

The essence of the metaphor is that mentioning these basic economic principles to his audience is like lecturing his grandmother about eggs. It's a playful form of preaching to the choir.

1
  • 1
    Downvoter: Any suggestion for improvement here? Oct 2, 2013 at 1:40

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.