Yearly Archives: 2019

Making words mean what you want: 2

‘Sure, if I reprehend any thing in this world it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!’ Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan’s The Rivals Fortunately, few speakers or writers, real or fictional, misuse words to

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The whys, wherefores, therefores and therebys

  ‘O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?’ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene ii This famous question must be the most misinterpreted line in all of the Bard’s many works. Students across the generations have taken it

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Difficulties with ‘and’

I’d like you to understand, doctor. I grant you it’s easy enough to choose between a ‘but’ and an ‘and.’ It’s a bit more difficult to decide between ‘and’ and ‘then.’ But definitely the hardest thing may be to know

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