One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lie (used as a humorous euphemism)‘it wasn't the moment to correct terminological inexactitudes’
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- ‘As with Lord Scott's deliberations, much hinged on the interpretation of words and the meanings of phrases, for the higher reaches of government are a rarefied world of sophistries and terminological inexactitudes.’
- ‘This renders it a possibility that Mr. Jaffer used another terminological inexactitude, this time inside of the House, in his apology to the House for the previous terminological inexactitiude.’
- ‘He is engaging in a few terminological inexactitudes, is that your point, is it, Mr Ellis?’
- ‘And please, Santa, make sure there's one of those interminable mini-disc CD recorders inside the machine to make sure we remind him of what he said each time he utters a terminological inexactitude.’
- ‘This terminological inexactitude is unlikely to be accidental on the part of Ha'aretz.’
First used by Winston Churchill in a Commons speech in 1906.
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