Tag: language

oxymorons & tautologies

From post originally published in 2009 From the greek for ‘sharply dull’, oxymorons are when words that contradict each other are combined together in error, to highlight a paradox or to satarise. A few of my usual mistakes: almost exactly simply impossible only choice nearly unique original copy initial conclusion Much more fun is when we say… Continue reading oxymorons & tautologies

may, can, could, should, ought, must

I remember a particularly pedantic Religious Education teacher at school, who if asked, “Can I go to the toilet please” would answer, “I would imagine you are physically able to do that.” He would only give you permission if you said “May I go?”. Similarly, work with a good project manager and you soon learn to be… Continue reading may, can, could, should, ought, must