If and When

In which I respond to a series of photographs I took between 2010 and 2015.

If & When. Any writer who uses this formula leaves himself open to entirely reasonable suspicion from his readers. There is the suspicion that he is a mere parrot, who cannot say part of what he has often heard without saying the rest also; there is the suspicion that he likes verbiage for its own sake; there is the suspicion that he is a timid swordsman who thinks he will be safer with a second word in his left hand; there is the suspicion that he has merely been to lazy to make up his mind between if & when. Only when the reader is sure enough of his author to know that in his writing none of these probabilities can be true does he turn to the extreme possibility that here at last is a sentence in which if & when is really better than when or if by itself.’ — H. W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, Oxford University Press, 1926.

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