Saturday June 6, 2020

Artistic licence

English’s evolving charm

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

7th May, 2011

English’s evolving charm

The English language has many great quirks - and something I love about it is the fact that we regularly use words and phrases that made perfect sense centuries ago, but that have become anachronistic in our own time, with the result that they are often misunderstood and misused.

How many people really understand the notion of being hoisted by one’s own petard? Could your average 15-year-old be tempted to...

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