Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Freudian Slip?

This comes from the BBC by way of a loyal reader in the Midwest:
Mr Berlusconi has faced corruption charges in the courts for many years but has always protested his innocence.
[Wethinks he doth protest too much here. The word the reporter meant was probably "maintained." English. It's tricky, even if you are English.] <--- Pretend we never typed that.

This just in! Barry L., who never misses a thing, reminds us that protest has additional definitions.

Here is No. 4, from Encarta's dictionary: 4. transitive and intransitive verb say firmly that something is true: to state or affirm something in strong or formal terms
He continued to protest his innocence.

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