Tuesday 30 May 1995
What has particularly amused Crick is Archer's recent crash course in vocabulary expansion. "It is," says Crick, "the first time in several years that he has used two words that I'd never heard of before: 'factitious invitation" (a reference to Crick's book launch) and 'I trust you will agree that it would be quotious to refuse your invitation.' " With the aid of a dictionary, Crick has unravelled Archer's meaning. "Factitious means artificial, and quotious, superfluous or futile," he says, pausing thoughtfully - "I bet Mary Archer wrote that letter."
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