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A WORD IN THE HAND: FELL

Felonious swoop runs afoul of a rum fellow in tights with a bad haircut

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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Since tomorrow is Black Friday and Saturday is International Bird Day, I thought it appropriate to have a rant about words that could loosely be applied to both birds and bargains.

Actually this is more a legal defence of a guy I feel very close to even though he died 403 years ago. There are more words than you might imagine that should be marked “property of Will Shakespeare”.

The ownership of words is a tricky matter. It is right and good and just to have laws that say you may not steal another’s words, but disagreements inevitably arise when one starts to question the number of words one can lay claim to and who really used them first...

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