Here’s a conversation to which, in one form or another, I have been party more than once in the past week or so. Perhaps you have done the same.
In discussing the latest twists of the Covid-19 pandemic, person one says something to the tune of ‘I can’t remember. Is the Delta variant the Indian one, then?’, and person two, if they do not reproach the other for their lack of politesse, says something resembling, ‘er, I don’t know. I’ll just check’.
What should have been an easy chat about known facts sends one or other scrambling to the style guide, or the BBC.
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