Dunno where Joanne Carroll and Kathryn Powley went to school.
Presumably the twosome – both newspaper reporters – did not get their basics in the English language at the splendid Eketahuna school, where Alf was taught a few decades ago.
If they had gone there thy are bound to have been given an idea of the meaning of “mayhem”.
And if they didn’t go there, Alf would like to think they learned its meaning somewhere else.
Let’s try this definition –
may·hem (mhm, mm) n.
1. Law The offense of willfully maiming or crippling a person.
2. Infliction of violent injury on a person or thing; wanton destruction: children committing mayhem in the flower beds.
3. A state of violent disorder or riotous confusion; havoc.
Get the picture?
An element of chaos is involved.