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A while ago I heard a reporter on the BBC speculate that something was going to have “a knock-off effect”.  While I can imagine that such a thing exists—the effect that fake Gucci handbags, for instance, have on the price of real Gucci handbags—it was pretty clear that what she meant was “knock-on” effect, which is Britspeak for “domino effect”, more-or-less.  Just one more example of how the English are ruining our language.

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Knock-on effect

 

Knock-off Effect

Knock-off Effect

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