Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Fussing About Words 1: Does Prince Philip Complain?

Fussing about words 1: did Prince Philip really "complain" about chest pains? I can imagine him observing that he was in discomfort, but I don't see him as a "complainer". Or do we just use that language because we speak of various indispositions as "complaints"?

1 comment:

  1. Complaint really has two meanings that are only superficially the same, a medical complaint being almost synonymous with a medical condition.

    I don't know whether that is also true for the verb?