Andrew Dunstan wrote:

This is a furfy that has been raised before and explained before.

Of course, as usual I misspelled it, the word is "furphy". I didn't realise that it was an Australianism. It means more or less "a red herring". Wikipedia says that it is a term particularly popular in Australian politics, and as some people know my late father was a noted practitioner of that art ;-)



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