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Note 281 – Do you say vicious circle or vicious cycle?

Having always used the expression vicious circle, I was confused when I heard vicious cycle mentioned on an audio programme the other day.  After some research I have found that both are used, although vicious circle is preferred.  Here are a few notes: Cambridge Dictionaries online define vicious circle as “a continuing unpleasant situation, created when … Continue reading

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