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Mind your language

Why does Elon Musk see legacies as leftovers?

30 March 2024

9:00 AM

30 March 2024

9:00 AM

‘Is this legacy beetroot?’ asked my husband, poking a yellowish slice on his plate in a restaurant. He meant heritage beetroot, a ludicrous enough phrase. But legacy has been extending the hedges round its semantic field, so his question may sound normal in a few years’ time.

A report in the Telegraph the other day referred to apprentice stonemasons as entering a legacy trade.

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