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In this review of Coal by Barbara Freese, it's said that ruts in 18th-century English roads could be up to 14 feet deep in places. Is that just referring to the depth of soft-packed dust or mud, or did people really have to break out the 30-foot wheels during mud season ?

There's an interesting article in Slate about the shoddy (physical) quality of most English books. One sentence starts off “In America, bad books tend to be bad books...” — I was wondering if there's a word for the rhetorical device of using two senses of a word in two closely placed identical phrases. The closest thing I can find is diacope, but that seems use repetition for mere emphasis. That page, by the way, is an excellent inventory of ways to convince and be aware of the mechanisms by which people try to convince you.

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