Gary Player is a most personable and engaging chap, apart from having been one of the world’s best golfers ever.
He enthusiastically greets every Joe Soap, even if he doesn’t know them from a bar of the same. He says “lovely to see you again”, though he’s never met you before. I was the personal recipient of this flattering treatment some years ago when invited to Boschendal to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Unseemly is the word that best describes the goings-on in the Mandela family while its patriarch and still-living legend lies at death’s door.
It’s a good word, meaning inappropriate or improper, and is not often used these days. The translators of the authorised King James version of the Bible liked it, though, and among the apostle Paul’s attributes of “charity”, they wrote that it did not “behave itself unseemly”.
The United States-based South African golfer David Frost is in a bit of a pickle. He thought he was divorced from his second wife and married to his third, only to learn that his divorce (because of American and South African court technicalities) was invalid.
In other words, he was married to two women at the same time.