There has been a phrase in the national press and among political commentators that I have noticed more and more over the last year or so. I wouldn't go as far as to say it annoys me but it certainly irks. Generally preceding a female politician, the phrase in question is "the fragrant......".
Even bloggers have picked up on it and are seemingly using it with reckless abandon. Examples include:Ridiculous politics
There is more than the faintest whiff of sexism about it and also a subtle aroma of condescension. And even though I wouldn't say it gets right up my nostrils, from now on, to redress the balance, I shall be prescribing all men I discuss on my blog with the phrase: "the smelly...."