Earlier, I asked the Foreign Secretary whether, following the verbiage and persiflage of the Lisbon summit, he could give three examples of legislation that had been improved to help the lot of small businesses.
It feeds on an echelon of society as greedy as it is merciless: a nauseous mixture of luxury and flunkeyism, waste and disorder; an incurable air of falsity and presumption, and bedroom gossip masquerading as perky persiflage.
Cal McCrystal, The Independent, 1 July 2007, The Independent
reviewing Tina Brown's The Diana Chronicles. Amazon
The rest is persiflage, a lot of exulted constitutional chatter about the royal prerogative to declare war and the powers of ministers to conduct military operations.
Alan Watkins, The Independent, 29 October 2006.
No one seems capable, however, of keeping the persiflage, malapropisms and misstatements from getting out of hand.