PJ White

Category: Words

No asterisks in clever dicks

Last week two news outlets quoted sections of an email by a Conservative MP to his party’s chair. They blanked with asterisks the middle letters of a five-letter word. Here is the extract…

Whole lotta smoothing going on

Smooth is a good word—if you want to describe flattening something, getting rid of lumps. It’s not such a good word when it’s used instead of something more accurate. As it increasingly is….