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1‘an officer invalided by a chest wound’
disable, incapacitate, indispose, hospitalize, put out of action, lay up, cripple, paralyse, lame, put on the sick list
injure, wound, hurt, weaken, enfeeble
1‘the by-law was invalid because it infringed rights of common’
void, legally void, null, null and void, unenforceable, not binding, inoperative, worthless
illegitimate, incorrect, improper, unacceptable, inapplicable
annulled, nullified, cancelled, revoked, rescinded, abolished, repealed
2‘the whole theory is invalid’
false, untrue, inaccurate, faulty, fallacious, spurious, inadequate, unconvincing, unsound, weak, wrong, wrongly inferred, wide of the mark, off target
unjustified, unsubstantiated, unwarranted, untenable, baseless, ill-founded, unfounded, groundless
illogical, irrational, unscientific, absurd, preposterous, inconsistent
informal off beam, out, way out, full of holes, bogus
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.