Squinting over my green tea, there's been a development. Investigation reveals a breach. I'm trying to think of the word I want. It isnt rip or vent. Thesaurus comes to the aid of the party with rent.
The phrase 'now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party' has always been in my head - from my Mother, along with 'the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' Typing exercises that have become confused up in my memory with the childrens books we read. I almost remember an Aessop's fable about good men assisting a party. I can almost see the illustrations. I feel sure I recall the tale of the fox and the dog. With a clackclack Clack clackclackclack accompaniment.
As it's been a morning of etymology and typography already I've discovered that the phrase has fallen into clackclack vernacular because it was lifted from the morning's newspaper (Wisconsin Union Telegraph Office 1867) during a demonstration of the new typing machine. Which is funny because the illustration I have in my head is of skinny tall men in dark suits arriving to murmur amongst streamers and gauzy summer frocks to chinks of of tall glasses on a lawn. Not portly politicos at all.