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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Betwixt and Between: a rant.

The council will no longer be emptying garden recycling bins between November and March.

This is fair enough, because nothing much grows round here in winter.

But tell me: when exactly are they going to stop collecting? Just before the beginning of November? Or just after the end?

In short, what does between mean in this case? Does the same thing apply to March? Or does the opposite thing apply to March?

If you think about it, it's almost certainly the opposite; but, if so, which way round will it be?

Good grief, surely it shouldn't be beyond the wit of those the district employs to say which.

Should it.

Word To Use Today: between. This word has been around for plenty long enough for people to have worked out how to use it. It comes from the Old English betwēonum.


  1. Easier to say. No bins collected after November 10th. Bin collection will resume on March 10th. Or something...

    1. Do you think we could persuade some councils to take us on as Communication Consultants, Adele?
      Oh dear. The really horrifying thing is that we probably COULD.