“On this august occasion, …” He paused and smiled. He then took the script to continue his speech, but the laughter he had suppressed couldn’t stay any longer in his chest. He burst into laughter. For a few minutes, the auditorium was chaotic. He finally broke the silence.
“I apologise for my misconduct. This speech, and the mention of august occasion brought back to mind some unforgettable experiences. Exactly eight years ago, in August, I went for a gathering. During the speech, the chairperson mentioned ‘august occasion’ which was the first time I heard that phrase. I thought he used it because the gathering was held in August.”
The audience began to giggle among themselves. After a long pause, he continued his speech. “Two years later on February 21, 1998, I was preparing for a speech and I added the phrase ‘february occasion’ in my speech delivery. You can imagine the commotion I caused that day.”
The whole auditorium became chaotic than it was. “Today, in this same month of February, I know it is not a february occasion; this occasion is simply august.”