The sagacious and sane John Rentoul, mainly resident at the Independent, keeps me amused and thoughtful. First there was his #QTWTAIN. Then the #TopTen. But, for any word-user, his style-guide, the #bannedlist, is a constant flagellation.
Now here’s a verb that really makes me fume:
There as a politicshome headline, but I seem to recall it being a standard option for sub-editors this last week.
The Oxford English Dictionary lists eleven uses of mull as a noun, and six as a verb.
In this context, let me list the verbs:
- to become wet or liquid;
- to warm wine or beer with the addition of sugar, spices, fruit, etc, to produce a hot drink;
- to massage;
- to allow a problem to be resolved by inaction;
- to give a granular surface to a lithographic plate;
- to moisten leather.
In the context of David Cameron, choose your implication.