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Bertrand Russell (Our Knowledge of the External World) ‘every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to the necessary analysis and purification, is found either to be not really philosophical at all, or else to be, in the sense in which we are using the word, logical’.

‘The word’ mentions the last word of the sentence (‘logical’). The last word itself uses it.

Good example. We seem to have established something in philosophy! What we have established, however, is so miserably picayune as to be scarcely worth mentioning.

Not just picayune (of little value or significance) but miserably so.

You understand that that my comment was not a slam against you since it was I, after all, who raised the issue in the first place.

I take it your English love of understatement, or rather, distaste for exaggeration, is at work.

Can you name the newspaper of a major U. S. city that has 'picayune' in its title?

Only after I looked it up on Google.

I wonder if the English really do love understatement.

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