The fact is that if in 1900, 1917, or 1942 it had been predicted that Israel would emerge as a first-world regional power, the idea would have been laughed to scorn
. Even in 1948, after Israel had achieved its independence, the CIA predicted that the Jewish state would not survive for more than two years.
Look in at almost any popular dance today - in the city, the suburbs or a mining village - and you will see specimens of manhood who would have been laughed to scorn
a few years ago.
My theories were laughed to scorn
at the time and, undoubtedly will be so again, but I refuse to believe that it is all coincidence.
The suggestion that there could be any nonutilitarian or nonquantifiable reason for acquiring an education is laughed to scorn
as "idealistic," "impractical," or, worst of all, "elitist." An academic concept of education is, well, academic--which is now a term of abuse in Britain.
They may feel that if they show ignorance about the intricacies of a product such as a pension or an ISA they'll be laughed to scorn