One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘I pointed out the mysterious and mildly alarming position of the bag to an usher, and he, rather phlegmatically, held on to it until the woman returned to claim it.’
- ‘Other wealthy nations, including some of the oil-rich Arab nations, were no better, phlegmatically reaching for the loose change in their purses.’
- ‘Now the other passengers did not react as phlegmatically as I did.’
- ‘Amid all this disorganisation, this nightmare of old furniture, useless machines and discarded objects sit young people, relatively neatly dressed, phlegmatically drinking coffee from old, cracked cups.’
- ‘It was later confiscated by suspicious guards and, phlegmatically, he simply started all over again.’
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