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10 November 2014

I should now change the name of the blog to "English Language Etiquette for Britons"

See this horrifying link:


05 November 2014

Language question for readers - answers please!

Can any of the many readers of this blog supply us all (comments for publication) with a clear definition between the two modal verbs: "lock up" and "lock down"?

It is clearly not the same as the difference between "shut up" and "shut down"; much less "cut up" and "cut down", or even "sit up" and "sit down", which is obvious. So what is it?

I look forward to publishing the answers, and being enlightened at the same time!