I have started watching Yes, Prime Minister, the sequel to the Yes, Minister series where the Minister for the Department of Administrative Affairs moves on to the top job in the UK government. And yes, my last sentence contained the word "Minister" three times. I feel Humphrey from the series would be proud of that sentence, although perhaps more convolution would be necessary to ensure that, for all intents and purposes, the sentence were to intelligently deliver the requisite information. Convolution indeed.
Humphrey likes to make long, confusing points to ensure that the Prime Minister agrees with him. Through these points, of which there are many throughout the show, I have learned a few interesting words:
- Counterveiling: "offsetting an effect by countering it with something of equal force."
- Recrimination: "an accusation in response to one from someone else."
- Exiguous: "very small in size or amount."
Readers, I challenge you to devise a sentence that uses all three of these words. Here is one I made up:
To counterveil the confusing nature of the sentence above, an exiguous antidote in the form of a short sentence, bearing in mind it should be delivered without a recrimination, would be prudent.
There is perhaps a blog post challenge in here. Given three words from another blogger, come up with a sentence that uses all three words and post it on your blog. Start with mine above and then come up with three other words to share and make your own challenge.
NB: The definitions quoted above were taken from Oxford Languages via Google.
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