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A WORD IN THE HAND: FIRE

Don’t grill me, but there are myriad more reasons to be hot than to be cool

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

Most of the conversation in SA this week — bar that concerning errant judges and iniquitous politicians — has been about fires. This talk has not just been of flames and blazes and infernos and conflagrations. It has also contained some incendiary and inflammatory fire-throwing of blame.

Those are not the things I want to talk about today. I feel a more burning desire to concentrate on why some words are hot and some words are cold.

Heat, in the linguistic sense, goes hand in hot hand with the more turbulent emotions. It doesn’t take a devastating fire on the flanks of Table Mountain for pedants to get fired up and fire off fiery letters about missing apostrophes and misused myriads...

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