Writers’ Blokke
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Writers’ Blokke

Idiom

Am I getting across?

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Sooner or later everyone wonders whether his words convey his thoughts and feelings. If he decides they don’t — if he decides, for instance, that they are illogical — he may want to change them. Before he does change them, he may want to consider another guide to usage: idiom (or, as H. W. Fowler says in Modern English Usage, “language as peculiar to a people”). If he doesn’t consider it, he may make the kind of…

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