Nothing hare-brained about teething for scientists and start-ups

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A WORD IN THE HAND: TEETHING

Nothing hare-brained about teething for scientists and start-ups

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

Many things seem to be suffering from teething problems. On the TimesLIVE website alone I found nine references to teething in various articles published during the past three months.

One of these was in a restaurant review smothered in a silky sauce of adjectives. For the most part, the writer devoured every crispy, cloud-soft and perfectly cooked morsel on her plate, but desserts, she wrote, were: “nothing to shout about, with a dry brownie and decidedly runny crème brûlée our unfortunate endpoint. Desserts are an easy fix, however, and I’ve chalked it up to teething issues common in the first month of a restaurant opening.”

One hopes that the restaurant in question took note and that it now serves toothsome puddings. ..

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