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Home Secretary's linguistic howlers

On Today this morning the Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, used the expression "what it means to you and I" and several times mentioned "reticence" when what he meant was "reluctance" or "unwillingness". (Admittedly, the interviewer, Evan Davis, also misused "reticence" but that's no excuse.) I suppose we should be grateful that Johnson is no longer Secretary of State for Education and Skills, but even so ...

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