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Nevertheless, Oxford English Dictionary editors (and it doesn’t get more proper than that) have made a different choice. They have decided that the word “run” is even more confusing.
Citing “645 usage cases” for its “verb form alone,” lexicographers point out that “context is everything.” A run to the store is quite different from a run on the bank. If you run up a bill, you might find your money running out. If you run too fast, you might trip and create a run in your stocking. A runny nose might cause you to run through your tissues.
This could run on and on, but patience would run out fast, thus precipitating a run-in with readers.
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