Mr Hague might wince, but the rest of us can take it as a sign that the word will have a revival as a neat term for the proprietor of a filling- station. The OED credits The Observer in 1928 with the first importing of the French - and with a final, 1967 instance: "the garagiste greeted the news with the tired smile of those accustomed to dealing with the ignorant". A fine phrase, whose author merits record. Why does the OED omit these? Richard Boston was galled that it credits the New Statesman, not himself, with coining Sod's Law.Reuse content
IN DISCUSSING William Hague's shortcomings, Auberon Waugh remarks that he appeals to "dodgy second-hand car dealers and garagistes from Essex, but this is a type with which nobody else identifies and nobody admires".