It’s Norse to know not everything is bleak out there

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A WORD IN THE HAND: BLEAK

It’s Norse to know not everything is bleak out there

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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If you’re reading this then you are not one of the people who understandably have switched off all news-delivering devices and retreated into the burrow of unknowing to avoid the bleakness sweeping SA and the world this week.

When I asked my Canadian friend in a text how she was, she shot back one word: “Bleak.” This was followed by a second message that read: “Now that’s a word I didn’t ever really use until here.” (By “here” she means SA, naturally.)

We Seffricans do use bleak a lot. It would be easy to say that it’s because we are faced with an unremitting blanket of bleakitude, but I suspect it’s mostly because it’s just become a fashionable word for any circumstance not overwhelmingly joyous...

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