I have started work at a new job this week, and so far I really like it.
On Tuesday I went out for drinks with a few co-workers and we talked about the usual stuff, software development, international travel, and global politics.
Trying to explain my pragmatic attitude to all of these subjects I said
You must work with givens
Meaning, of course, that we can all be idealistic and strive for perfection, but the situation on the ground is what we actually have to work with.
I started chortling quietly to myself as I thought it sounded like
You must work with gibbons
Which is a different thing entirely.
But when I look at the politicians on the world stage, it is not too far from the truth. 😉