The French word for hope as a verb is espérer. Its opposite in old French was despérer from the Latin desperare—to despair, to lose all hope. Hope is used in numbers of contexts which don’t quite match the import of this Latin root of its opposite. For example, we all tend to hope that happenstance […]
“Our two countries are great mates, as we say in our terminology,” she said to Obama. I inwardly groaned - how did the Australian body politic arrive at this point? While there have been hiccups in the past, I can’t recall anyone elected to office looking so singularly out of their depth, and I include Rudd.