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  • When I was quite small I went home from Sunday School one day and asked my mother what concord meant, and she said: Well it’s a big aeroplane that the British and the French are building together and it will go so fast that it will break the sound barrier.

    Oh, I said. So why does God love it?

    (The source of my confusion was part of the Anglican morning service,the collect for peace: Oh God who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life… )

  • I love that anecdote, Liz. It seems only right that God would love Concorde, but why this should be an official part of the service is a more mysterious manoeuvre.

  • False attraction seems to operate in many grammar check programs. And many writers, including journalists, seem to have lost confidence and accept the autocorrects.

  • I hadn’t thought about that side of it, Edward. If it does, and writers submit to it (which is easy to believe), then that may explain some of the examples I see.

  • False attraction seems to operate in many grammar check programs. It seems only right that God would love Concorde, but why this should be an official part of the service is a more mysterious manoeuvre.