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Mind your language

We ought to banish more words

13 April 2024

9:00 AM

13 April 2024

9:00 AM

Why do people say: ‘You might very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment’? Are they using it as they would a Shakespearean quotation such as: ‘The lady doth protest too much’? Or do they think that by speaking the line made famous by Ian Richardson in House of Cards, they generate wit anew so that some rubs off on them and cheers the conversation?

I wondered whether I was encountering second-hand humour from some television series when I began to notice the phrase Wait.

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