1 gag verb

: to put something (such as a piece of cloth) into or over a person’s mouth in order to prevent that person from speaking, calling for help, etc.

: to prevent (someone) from speaking freely or expressing opinions

Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary


For those who read my earlier post Lancaster REF appeal: Castle closed, reasons confidential, I have disappointing news.  HR has now responded to my question “May I publish the Dean’s report on my case in full (with all names removed), which would be my preference?  If not, may I quote it?  Paraphrase or summarize its main arguments?  Refer to it at all?  I have always been in favor of presenting all sides of an argument.”

The answer was that I am permitted to report the fact that “my appeal has been rejected … but nothing more.”

2 gag noun

: something said or done to make people laugh

: something done as a playful trick

Meantime an anonymous spokeswoman for Lancaster University has reassured readers of Times Higher Education that: “We are confident that we are making well-informed judgments [on selection of staff for the 2014 REF] as part of a careful decision-making process, which includes internal and external peer review.”

3 gag verb

: to vomit or feel as if you are about to vomit : to feel as if what is in your stomach is going to come up into your mouth



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