Whenever I hear the word brilliant, I think of our extended British family. When we first visited England in 1990 and met all my husband’s relatives, brilliant was a word that was very much used, along with smashing. Our trip was fantastic, as were subsequent ones, and we made many friends with previously unknown relatives. There is just something special about the way a pommy says brilliant that warms my heart and they in turn loved our accents. Strange how it always the other person that has the accent, not you!
The following were answers of a clever student who unfortunately obtained 0% in an exam …
Q: In which battle did Napoleon die?
A: His last battle
Q: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A: At the bottom of the page.
Q: River Ravi flows in which state?
Q: What’s the main reason for divorce?
Q: What’s the main reason for failure?
All technically correct but not exactly the answers the examiner was looking for. Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to be brilliant!