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Cannot but behaves as a set phrase in English: Idioms cannot but, have no alternative but to: The double negative with but is used to convey an ambivalence toward the inescapable outcome, and adding the word help to form cannot help but, seems to multiply the emotional intensity of that ambiguity. In 1892, The Foundations of Rhetoric pp. ...


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According to Merriam-Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2003), métier has been in English usage since 1792, and has two senses: 1 : VOCATION, TRADE 2 : an area of activity in which one excels: FORTE I remember being most struck by its use in James Branch Cabell, The Cream of the Jest (1917): Through such airdrawn surmises, then, as I have ...


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Métier seems unexceptional (and unexceptionable) to me, but it is one of those loanwords that — not surprisingly — will probably be better understood by English speakers who have learned some French. This suggests that British speakers will be more familiar with the term than American ones, given that French is taught in British schools to a greater extent ...



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