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Letters Extraneous vowels and productivity

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BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 27 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m282
  1. Jeffrey K Aronson, consultant physician and clinical pharmacologist
  1. Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
  1. jeffrey.aronson{at}

How reassuring that The BMJ allows authors to perpetuate myths, albeit whimsically, encouraging us all to do likewise, without fearing pedantic intervention from editors or rabid responses.1

Kasten’s assertion that George Bernard Shaw said that the USA and the UK were “two nations, divided by a common language” is unsupported by evidence.2 Oscar Wilde, however, in The Canterville Ghost (1887) wrote that …

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