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June 20, 2007



Mick: Because of the BBC and your noticing their gaff (was it?) I will never again read the word "trenchant" without the irony. You may have started a linguistic fashion in the word's meaning....


BTW, the adjective they chose in the edited version, "outspoken", is only slightly less ridiculous than "trenchant" in this context. It still conveys a not-so-concealed nod of respect and approval as in the following examples:

"Outspoken: adjective
1. given to expressing yourself freely or insistently; "outspoken in their opposition to segregation"; "a vocal assembly"

2. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation" [syn: blunt]"

BTW, it's funny that "blunt" is offered as a synonym to "outspoken". Blunt being a dull edge is the opposite of "trenchant".

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