There's An Unwritten Rule In The English Language You Had No Idea You Used

If you were writing some delectable poetry and decided to use the world 'lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife', would you know why on Earth you've used them in that order?

The answer SHOULD be no. That is unless you're a professor of linguistics specialising in English which, frankly, I don't think there can be that many of around.

Anyway, you'll almost always use those words in that order because if you don't, you'll sound completely mental.

BBC journalist Matthew Anderson can explain it better with his tweet thanks to an excerpt from Mark Forsyth's book The Elements of Eloquence: How To Turn the Perfect English Phrase.

You see? You don't see? Oh crikey, well there's not much I can do for you except nudge you in the direction of some other people who disagree...

Bosh. The more you know, huh?

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