Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Whilst Jasper Rees (Television review, 24 August) has my full support in his "nit-picking" about misplaced apostrophes and misspelt surnames, he really should ensure that his own writing is free of nits. Since hoi is itself the Greek word for "the", his use in the further "the" in referring to "the hoi polloi" is redundant, tautological, pleonastic and, to the true pedant, down right rebarbative!

N HOPKINS

Horsham, West Sussex

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