Magazine article The Spectator

Mind Your Language

Magazine article The Spectator

Mind Your Language

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THE other day I got one of those silly invitations allowing me to bring a `significant other'. `That lets me out, then,' my husband remarked in his bid-forhumour voice.

Still, significant is becoming a tiresomely over-exercised word. What I can only suspect of having been a young person said on the wireless last week that the moon Titan was one of the most significant objects in the solar system. `Significant of what, pray?' I asked the unhearing wireless.

The next day there was a report in the dear old Daily Telegraph about Yves St Laurent endowing a room at the National Gallery where the triple portrait of Cardinal Richelieu will hang. `It is a significant choice,' the story went. `Richelieu is regarded as the original eminence grise, a man more powerful than princes and politicians, who ran Louis XIII's regime and regarded England as an important facet of his political focus and who was celebrated in Alexandre Dumas's novel, The Three Musketeers. …

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