A SOLD sign is something we all know well. We understand it – a seller has made a sale. Their property has been sold to a buyer. However, Reynolds has a different take on this.
Recently on CNN: “The situation reached a crescendo when…” I find this secondary usage quite interesting. My background in classical music makes his usage quite jarring to my ear. To me, the more correct word to use in this instance would be ‘climax’. The word crescendo originates from the Italian ‘to grow in sound’, so … Read moreLanguage observations #231 – crescendo