I came across a great phrase the other day – unintellectual property. A work colleague says she uses it when she drops a verbal clanger and asks a question or makes a comment an instant before she wishes she had paused and kept her mouth shut.

It got me thinking; what if there was a legal concept called unintellectual property? Not a great idea or process that you want to protect and make your own, but the exact opposite, rather like an ‘anti-idea’.

Who says we can’t profit from the funny and the d’oh moments too, as well as the brilliant ones? I’m sure the winners of the best one-liners at the Edinburgh Fringe festival have thought about it…

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