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In the last sentence, I don't understand this meaning and structure 'They might, but who, bar a tiny majority, would want to hear the answers'.

Could you expain this? Thanks!

  • 1
    You should type it out carefully. It might make more sense, and can more easily be quoted or looked up.
    – Xanne
    Apr 15, 2017 at 2:07
  • It means that the writer is a male chauvinist porcine.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 15, 2017 at 2:10
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    I don't think so--I think it's sarcasm. "Only a tiny majority" would want to hear the answers.
    – Xanne
    Apr 15, 2017 at 2:13
  • @Xanne Thanks! but I could understand if the explanation of structure is added. 'bar' is omitted.
    – L.Day
    Apr 15, 2017 at 2:15
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    "bar" means "except" here. "tiny majority" refers to women, who are just over 50% of the population
    – Xanne
    Apr 15, 2017 at 2:18

1 Answer 1


The OP asks for an explanation of the following, apparently from a book, noting that women might ask different questions of political candidates different from those men would ask.

"They might, but who, bar a tiny majority, would want to hear the answers?"

They (women) might (ask different questions), but who, bar [except] a tiny majority [a little over half of the population--that is, women], would want to hear the answers?

"bar" is a preposition; its object is "a tiny majority"

This is sarcasm--at least as far as I can tell from the short excerpt. The paragraphs above, in the photo, may also be sarcastic; more context would be needed to figure out the views of the author.


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