Does anyone else get irritated when a topic is introduced - and Sarah Montague and Justin Thingummy on the Today programme are serial offenders - with this phrase? Whatever we might have thought, something along the lines of the tide goes out when Neptune pulls out the plug, we’re going to be shown to be wrong.
Isn’t this an extraordinarily dismissive way to treat your listener? Effectively we’re being told that we are stupid but fortunately for us our dimwitted little brains are about to learn something, courtesy of the all-knowing BBC.
Or is it just grumbly me?