Had a curious email from amazon this morning. Apparently there have been complaints about FIRE IN THE BLOOD – curiously, not about the amount of swearing or the actions of a certain DI, but the use of the word “outwith”.
Outwith –
This is a word I use all the time. It seems to be a Scots word, meaning the opposite of within, e.g. “The dilithium crystals are operating outwith their usual parameters, Captain”. I’ve no idea how non-Scots cope without this word – without doesn’t work, does it?
Strange. Anyway, I’ve told them to add it to their master dictionary. Let’s see if they do.
— Ed