WORD IN THE HAND: MALAPHOR
Rub insult into a wound worth its weight in salt or it’s in poor taste
A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd
In one of the myriad missives recently unleashed by the spin doctors of SA’s newest political party, I was flummoxed to read the phrase “to add salt to injury”.
The press officer tasked with this daily bombardment of ideology to the masses — or at least those with the patience to read every newsletter in their inbox — used this term in relation to violence against women and children.
Quoted in its entirety, the sentence read: “To add salt to injury, our country is regarded among the most violent nations of the world with the highest rate in violence against women and children. Time and time again we hear reports of heinous crimes committed against the fairest members of our society.”..