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4:55pm on Thursday, 19th November, 2009:

Why English needs Brackets


A student showed me an email he received this morning, and when I checked my own email I'd received it too. This is how it began:

So I guess that "Temporary relocation of the North Campus and main Accommodation Offices" means "Temporary relocation of the (North Campus and main Accommodation Offices)", not "Temporary relocation of (the North Campus) and (main Accommodation Offices)".

"Accommodation Essex" is just crying out to be abbreviated to "AccEss", but I don't suppose it fits in with their branding...

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