Tuesday, October 19, 2004

"all but" - I hate that expression!

 As seen at Pain In The English
Can't help it but I really despise the expression "all but". How did a phrase that suggests the opposite of what it says ever come into currency?

"Such actions were all but unheard of then"
"Later, they were all but wiped out in a British attack"
"They were all but exterminated by the Jedi"

PS: For some discoveries in word coignage read Neal Stephenson's trilogy The Baroque Cycle. A mere 3000 pages... read more

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