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Ooh, you were Naughtie

[21 Dec 2010] The use of a taboo word on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme gave the nation an early-morning giggle on 6 December. Trying to explain that Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, would be on the programme later, presenter James Naughtie’s consonants became lasciviously entangled with the wrong vowels.

To hear what all the sniggering was about – and Naughtie’s aghast reaction to his blunder – go to

Police minister Nick Herbert uttered the same word a few hours later in the House of Commons when mispronouncing ‘cuts’, though this may have been an attention-seeking cunning stunt.

In the Daily Telegraph, Christopher Howse dryly commented: ‘There may be only one Hugh Jarce on the electoral roll, but hundreds called Mike Hunt. As with fork handles, we hear what we want to hear.’

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