Syntax is the set of rules, or the study of rules, for the formation of phrases that follow established rules of grammar in any given language. The word syntax derives from the Greek word syntaxis, meaning arrangement.
It is a week since Mrs. May launched a broadside on Russia in her Mansion House speech. An empty speech, sadly. Too many empty threats. She castigated Vladimir Putin’s efforts to disrupt the democratic process, and she stirred the American cess-pit of suspicion with a rather short and shitty stick.
“No, YOU'VE got a problem with tone of voice.” It’s the wrong bloomin' name for what you’re referring to, for a start.
I’ll explain, quickly, but before I do, please have a think. Who are the most impressive speakers you've ever heard?
Oscar Wilde. Trotsky. Balfour, the Bolsheviks and MI5. One man glad-handed every protagonist of this unlikely cabal. He wrote about those experiences prolifically and, at the same time, gave the gift of an adventurer’s imagination to future generations in an extensive corpus of children’s literature.
It's ironic. The word parliament comes from the verb 'parler', meaning to speak, but our politicians seem unable to communicate effectively.
In fairness, there's a good reason why it's so hard to get their points across these days.