22 January, 2022

In a court hearing few of us would dare to call any crowd a gang, and in the case of a social security visit to our home it may not be advisable to call children “scoundrel”. In our daily lives we allow ourselves a lot more flexibility in words compared to formal means, and, as in poetry, all the possibilities of language are usable. The problem is when these two worlds overlap (surreptitiously, unconsciously, or otherwise). The recent use of the words “danger” and “risk” are examples of this.