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Addressing the issue

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7279.139/b (Published 20 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:139
  1. Neville W Goodman, consultant anaesthetist
  1. Bristol

    “address (v) 1 write someone's name on (envelope or parcel). 2 speak formally to, direct one's remarks to. 3 think about and begin to deal with. 4 (golf) prepare to hit (the ball).”1

    Address in its third sense has joined “involve” as a “lazily overused”2 verb that “makes it the delight of those who dislike the effort of searching for the right word”3 or “the trouble of precise thought.”4 Searching bmj.com for “addresses” or “addressing” mines a rich seam. There is almost nothing that cannot be addressed: …

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