Letter to the Editor

Chishimba Kambwili’s use of ‘U-turn’ on Lubinda Haabazoka wrong

Dear editor,
THE embattled National Democratic Congress (NDC) member Chishimba Kambwili was recently quoted as having said that the Economics Association of Zambia (ECZ) president Lubinda Haabazoka had “U-turned 360 degrees”.
I wish to correct Mr Kambwili on this phrase which does not make any sense at all.
When one U-turns, it means that the person has gone into the opposite direction as the letter ‘U’ shows. On the compass, this denotes 180 degrees.
So 360 degrees cannot be a U-turn.
This is a full circle. It would mean one continuing in the same direction.
So next time, if Mr Kambwili or other people want to stress a point, it is best to just say ‘U-turned’ or ‘has turned 180 degrees’.

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