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Re(5): More pet peeves, essentially

Thanks for the replies. Russ makes a far more concise and convincing argument against it than I have, but I appreciate Andy's point too (and his compliment!). It's hard enough at the best of times to come up with original ideas that fulfil the requirements of cryptic grammar and read well; if we removed all the doubtful indicators from the lexicon, we'd really be making life hard for ourselves.

I've been strong-willed enough to steer clear of "essentially" but I know I perpetrate several of the other pet peeves!


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