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WORDS IN THE HAND: LOST AND FOUND

If it’s not in an app or a text, it might be irredivivous. We there yet?

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

With all the words at our disposal in all the world’s myriad languages, you’d think no one would ever be at a loss for words. 

And yet so often we can’t find exactly the right word – what Gustave Flaubert prefrenchiously used to call le mot juste – to express exactly what we want to say.

Incidentally, Flaubert also said, “If you knew precisely what you wanted to say, you would say it well”, except of course he did not say precisely that because he said it in French...

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