In a surprise finding, Americans today finally understood what the word 'satire' means.
Speaking from his office in Wherever, hopeless Presidential candidate John McWho announced: 'I hereby announce that satire is now understood in the United States of America. And that's my announcement.' And fellow Republican, George H Bush, added: 'Yes, not only do Americans understand it now, they also try and write it. OK, they fail miserably, but shucks, at least they's a-tryin' to git it raht, y'all.'
Satire has existed for at least 4,000 years in Europe, as the ancient Greeks and Romans produced some of the finest satire in history, but only now has it reached the coasts of the USA. 'Hell', President George Whacko Bush said, 'if satire gets reet populah, tha knaws, ah'll be talkin' like a Geordie all of a sooden, and copyin' oothah peoples ideas here, like. Maybe them Laura Inglish can copy as well as they Pan Americans can.'
But legendary satirist Marcus Vanbastinus disagreed. 'Verily I disagree', he disagreed, 'and verily I shall soon produce another articulum, copying those blasted Britannici et Scotusi et Taffitae, et even Hibernii, and shall send it in sealed parchment to Americum, where the barbarians there can spend a week preparing copies of it, before sneaking it back here through Mexicum. Ave Caesar!'
US Secretary of State, Condaleeza Nicelegs, said: 'Who cares? If the mugs in America keep voting for clowns, The Spoof keeps having fun at our expense. So what?' And Democrat candidate Balack O'Bama added: 'Woo! Yeah! Yowza! Is satire a Malyasian curry?'
Tacitus was being tacit about the US, as this was being wrote. Ernie Wise is 64 today.