If someone asked you to guess what number The Thirty-Nine Steps was on the Guardian newspaper's list of A Hundred Best Novels, what would you say?
All right, then.
Now suppose the other person asked you to guess again and gave you the clue higher!
Would you guess it was number seventy-five or number twenty-eight?
I keep on hoping that this language stuff will start making sense at some point.
But it never does.
Word To Use Today: rank. This word came to us from Old French, where it was spelled ranc. Before that it was a Germanic word. The Old High German hring means circle and may be something to do with it.
The answer, by the way, is forty-two.