FROM St Paul's "faith, hope, and charity" to President Obama's"audacity of hope", the notion that hope is essential for spiritualand civic life is rarely questioned. But for Sally Kettle, whoseessay "Does hope help?" was broadcast as part of the FourThought strand (Radio 4, Wednesday of last week), hope is anover-used concept. By using "I hope" to begin so many phrases - notto mention the grammarian's bugbear, "hopefully" - we pepper ourconversation with hopes that do us no good at ...
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