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Correcting the correctors 1st September 2007

While you’re worrying about the correct use of invaluable words such as “decimate” (“Will’s Words,” August), you might keep a closer eye on your contributors. In September’s “Washington Watch,” Tumbler writes of Alan Greenspan that “the chorus of accusations against him is rising to a crescendo.” Presumably, Tumbler means “a climax,” since “crescendo” in Italian means “increasing,” as all musicians know. If anything can rise to an increasing, I’d like to see a picture of it.

Derek Robinson Bristol

Leaving Baghdad 29th August 2007

I can only praise the courage…

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