One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘But while the work has caused some controversy since its premiere in 1999, the sparely staged Tongue is ultimately a testament to the power of understanding.’
- ‘Robert Brill's sliding black panels, eliminating all frills, sparely reveal the few evocative necessaries, concentrating on framing the two human figures.’
- ‘On the south wall of this pavilion, in both verandah and dining room, is a kitchen range, as sparely detailed (in hardwood and stainless steel) as the rest of the building.’
- ‘But everyone should agree that this debut is the model of efficiency: One singer, one guitar, bass, drums, and even these are deployed sparely.’
- ‘If you took a map of Australia and drew a wonky circle around the middle of the country, you'd land in the outback: red dirt, sparely inhabited, the back country.’
- ‘The Queen's Gallery is a trim, sparely designed enclosure within the wide and steep but surprisingly narrow fabric of Buckingham Palace.’
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