27 February 2013

A pedant writes ...

Our old friend "refute"  (here):

Lord Rennard issued a statement last night after being notified by the party of an internal investigatory panel.
His spokesman said: "Lord Rennard refutes these allegations. He will co-operate with any properly constituted inquiry."
No, no, no.  He has not refuted anything; he has merely denied the allegations.  A refutation would require a demonstration that the allegations were false.

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