U.K.'s Boris Johnson wants Britons to 'bung a bob for Big Ben bong'




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  • 2020-01-14 23:33:00Z
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U.K.\'s Boris Johnson wants Britons to \'bung a bob for Big Ben bong\'  

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is speaking English, as far as we can tell.

Still, his latest nationwide plan could use a little bit of translating before Americans - or perhaps anyone - can understand it. Johnson is launching a new £500,000 push so the U.K. can "bong Big Ben on Brexit night," and he wants Britons to "bung a bob for a Big Ben bong" so that can happen.

Johnson revealed his new tongue twister in an early-morning interview with BBC, describing how the famous Big Ben clock is under construction and has lost its famous "bong." But "the bongs cost £500,000," or about $650,000, Johnson said. So he's developing a plan where Britons can contribute to Big Ben's restoration, or, in Johnson-ese, "bung a bob for a Big Ben bong."



British tabloid Daily Express boiled down Johnson's words into an alliterative - and easier to pronounce - demand for its Wednesday cover.



American tabloids, may we suggest "Big (Ben) Buck Hunter" for all your cover needs?

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