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Problematic Words

I think this one has cropped up before, but a reminder never hurts. I was reading a report on a football match recently, and in describing a possible foul that would have led to a penalty being given, the journalist … Continue reading

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Problematic Words

I can’t remember if I’ve covered this one before, but it’s always worth having a little reminder. I’ve just seen that David Moyes, the new manager of Manchester United, is quoted as saying that ‘the enormity of the job is … Continue reading

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Problematic Words

Two pairs of words that cause confusion: If you reproduce someone’s exact words, such as ‘Martyn Beardsley’s new book Murder in Montague Place is the best crime novel in years’… …then it’s a quotation not a quote. The words are … Continue reading

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Problematic Words

  I read something somewhere yesterday (I meant to make a note of exactly where but I forgot!) that described someone’s body as being ‘wracked with pain’. This is a pretty common and understandable mistake, because both ‘wracked’ and the … Continue reading

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Problematic words

I recently read a manuscript where on more than one occasion the writer described his character as being ‘disinterested’ in some situation, meaning he wasn’t interested. This is a common mistake. The correct word is ‘uninterested’. ‘Disinterested’ means unbiased or … Continue reading

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