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A WORD IN THE HAND: ABSOLUTE

A cleansed, mob-free child of Latin can, like, be hurled at window-washers

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

“Absolutely” is a word I use a lot. Will I meet that deadline? Absolutely. Will I eat this entire pizza? Absolutely. Will I join you for a game of tennis? Absolutely not.

Really what I mean by absolutely is yes. Or no. Or perhaps really what I mean is yes, really, or really, no.

There really is absolutely no need to say absolutely all the time but it’s become one of those non-words that slips itself into absolutely every sentence. And it is starting to worry me...

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