AWARD-WINNING film-maker Michael Moore is a very angry man indeed. And after reading his latest book Stupid White Men, you, too, may feel the same. But first, a little background about this American author. Renowned for his outspokenness, he is the man who, after receiving an Oscar for his controversial documentary Bowling For Columbine in March, called US President George W. Bush a 'fictitious president' waging a war against Iraq for 'fictitious reasons'. 'Shame on you, Mr Bush. Shame on you,' he went on to say. Now we all know where he stands. From what he calls a 'flawed' election that brought 'Baby Bush' and the Republicans to power, to racial and sexual inequality and other social problems that are plaguing contemporary America, Moore's humorous commentaries about his own country make you feel lucky to be living in Hong Kong. Stupid White Men takes a funny look not only at the politics of America but also its society, the people and even Moore himself. The book opens on how 'Baby Bush' became the president of the United States, which in Moore's opinion, was not through popular votes but his extensive family connections and some serious vote rigging. After all, he points out, isn't George W.'s father a former US president and his brother the governor of Florida, a state which had to recount its votes? Moore then cuts to the chase and, in the second chapter, asks three questions in his 'letter' to the president: 'George, are you able to read and write on an adult level?', 'Are you an alcoholic, and if so how is this affecting your performance as Commander-in-Chief?' and 'Are you a felon?' (And we think Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa has it hard with the media!) But this is no puerile attempt to make jokes at the president's expense. For every criticism he makes, Moore comes up with a truckload of facts and statistics to back up his points. That is why his book makes such a disturbing read. Through his extensive research, we come to learn about the many problems that exist in the country's education and welfare systems, its nuclear policy and its role in turning the world into an environmental nightmare. Hello?! Isn't America supposed to be a first-class superpower and a world leader? Moore is no saint and he is quick to admit that. In fact, he can be down-right silly at times. But I found myself nodding in agreement with Moore on many issues while trying not to laugh out too loud. To date I still have not decided whether this is good or bad. Exercise What is wrong with the following sentence? Award-winning film-maker Michael Moore is an angry man indeed. You may refer to the main article to find the clue. Bingo. The adverb 'very' is missing. Indeed is put after an adjective or adverb for extra emphasis. Therefore, when we use 'indeed', we should also put 'very' in front of the adjective or adverb. Example: They did a very good job indeed in handling Sars. Example: It is very annoying indeed when someone talks loudly over her/ his mobile phone on a bus. We do not say, 'they did a good job indeed', or 'it is annoying indeed.' A similar rule applies to the expression 'Thank you.' We do not say, thank you indeed. We say, Thank you very much indeed. However, conversational English is usually not so formal. Thank you very much indeed for your continued support of Young Post! Give me five fictitious (adj) sham, adopted in order to deceive Example: Leading the 'Active 123' promotional campaign is a fictitious family of six headed by Timothy Fok Tsun-ting and his real-life wife, former Miss Hong Kong 1977 Loletta Fok. (Young Post, June 24, 2003) to plague (v) to cause continual trouble or distress to. It is a figurative verb. As a noun, 'plague' is a contagious disease. vote rigging (n) the act of dishonestly arranging an election so as to get a particular result to cut to the chase (idiom) to move to the most important part of something Example: Let's cut to the chase. We can provide you all sorts of support, except money. This is a charity project. puerile (adj) suggesting a lack of maturity. Synonyms for puerile include, 'immature', 'childish' and 'foolish'.