The “extreme” or “last” — how?

Responsible Yesenia Pawloski linguist morphologist, expert of the Institute of Philology, mass information and psychology, Novosibirsk state pedagogical University.

There is a famous scary story, the plot of which in the black-black city, black-black office on a black-black street one man said to his colleagues: “Tomorrow on vacation — today is my last day at work”, and, of course, do not come back. “Harry Potter and the fatal word” — the boy who survived.

“To eat” or “is”. How?

If you are a lover of scary stories and are inclined to adventure genre or action, go to the clinic and stand in line. Any of them is traditionally divided into extreme and last, and asking “who’s last” and usually become extreme.

Where is the truth? The truth is out there — to reputable sources and dictionaries. To duplicate them, of course, the easy way, but not our problem. Will try, as always, to consider the problem.

Man has the ability to feel words of their language, regardless of whether analyze them. No need to be an expert and understand the terms connotation, SEMA and microsemi to accept the associated meanings of words. However, not always this perception leads to the observance of language rules.

The last word seems native speakers are rude, they feel the negative components of the meaning of the words and try to circumvent them, because the latter is ‘such, for which nothing’, and also ‘the worst among all such’ — a fool; it was called the last word. Here comes to the aid supposedly softer, gentle to the extreme.

Doctor of philological Sciences, Professor V. V. Kolesov offers to pay attention to the following: noting the person as a last resort, you indicate that it is on the edge, aside from a number, that is, suspending it from the queue.

“Ringing” or “calling”. How?

Moreover, relying on the false politeness of the word extreme, we forget what it means to ‘find themselves responsible for something bad’. Thus, attempts to avoid trouble, brings us back to the vicious circle and put in an awkward position.

Here’s a good way to understand and remember the rule: the extreme is both the first and the last, so in the two person. Hardly in this situation you are guided by idle interest and you just want to ask who starts and closes this series. You really need to know whose trail you need to go, who rounds out this series — who is the last.

We now turn to linguistic superstition. The use of the word extreme in ‘the last of a series committed’ adds to the value of the avoided words the last component of ‘not closing this series forever’. It turns out that the extreme is the latest, but not last at all. It’s a slang usage has justified the spread only among people of certain professions. Every day they face real risk to life in their work — piloting a plane, exploring space. It is obvious that the person who last drank champagne on New year’s or the last working day before the holiday, risking a little less.

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