Thanks to my father being a sailor from his cap to his sea-boots, I grew up in a world of marine language. It took me many years to realise that a deck was a floor to all my school friends.

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It was Blood Donor Day earlier this week and I started thinking about medical language. Not the Latin tongue twisters but some of the everyday verbs we use to describe and discuss illness.

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English has borrowed words and phrases – on a permanent basis – from so many languages including Latin, German, Greek, and French.

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