Words don’t always mean what they used to.

Momentarily used to mean ‘for a moment’, and now it means ‘in a moment’. And many people don’t take literally literally. How do we know when it’s time to give the old meaning the old heave-ho?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley looks at some attempts to do just that, on this week’s Talk the Talk.

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The original Slate article by Ben Yagoda

A response from The Economist

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