#338

The Times, January 31, 2017

‘Special’ and ‘specially’ are among the words I most often take out of copy. Surely it goes without saying that if surgeons are using headsets they will not be toys or ones designed for metal detecting? Of course they are specific to the task. Another example which often comes up involves ‘specially trained marksmen’ or similar, as if any passer-by might be asked to do a spot of shooting.

In the second leg, ‘inside’ does not take ‘of’. It should be ‘see inside it’. The same applies to ‘outside’.

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