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WAY WITH WORDS

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6978.520 (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:520
  1. Alex Paton

    Malapropisms

    Spotting the inappropriate use of a word can be a source of light relief for the long suffering reader, even if it detracts (or should it be distracts?) from the argument. To start with a simple example: you could equally well write “The time is right [or] ripe.” Then what about “Any white policeman could kill with immunity”? Bernard Levin, who wrote this, ought to know, but would impunity have the same or a different meaning? And when someone …

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