IT’S a word that most people have never heard of – yet Boris Johnson branded Jeremy Corbyn a ‘frit’ on Wednesday.
But what does the term frit actually mean? Here’s the origin of the slur.
It was first used in parliament by Margaret Thatcher[/caption]
What does frit mean?
Frit is a colloquial shortening of the word ‘frightened’ and was used by Margaret Thatcher when she was prime minister.
She accused labour politician Denis Headley of being ‘frit’ in a debate in the 1980s.
Who has used it in Parliament?
Following Maggie’s suit, Ed Miliband called David Cameron a frit in a 2015 discussion over a TV debate.
He said: “I think you doth protest too much. You have run out of excuses, you’re running scared of these debates and in the words of your heroine Lady Thatcher, you’re frit.”
Labour MP Dennis Skinner branded Theresa May a frit last year, saying: “Mrs Thatcher had a word for it. What she’s done today? F-R-I-T. She’s frit!”
Maggie accused Denis Headley of being ‘frit’ during a debate in the 1980s[/caption]
Where did it come from?
There is debate of the exact origin of the word, some have claimed that it comes from Lincolnshire and that Maggie was demonstrating her Grantham roots.
However, Mr Johnson has accused the Labour leader of being ‘Frit’ saying: “Can he confirm now that he will allow the people of this country to decide on what he is giving up in their name with a general election on October 15 – or is he frit?
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