One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘What I mean here is that when the Romans had a mutiny, obviously you can't kill everyone in a mutinous army as you'd have no army, so they killed some of them really nastily, and made the others watch.’
- ‘She was very strange, and I don't mean that nastily.’
- ‘Equally, why are stay-at-home mums so nastily eager to imagine that the children of their working sisters are damaged, unloved, neurotic, tormented?’
- ‘It will fight nastily, brutally and with no compunction.’
- ‘This sounds like a nastily mixed metaphor, but just go with it.’
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