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December 11, 2012

TT: Almanac

"When we say 'damn,' it relieves us because it is a strong word, and yet means nothing. We do not intend the person or thing or event that we damn to be burnt in hellfire--far from it. But the faint aroma of brimstone that hangs forever about the word is savory in wrathful nostrils."

H.W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (courtesy of Richard Zuelch)

Posted December 11, 2012 12:00 AM

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