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And I was in the garden centre today (I only go in there to marvel at the parlous state of western civilisation, I never buy anything) when I had a thought about an oddity of the English language. Why is it that in terms like ‘wax lyrical’ and ‘wax eloquent’ we modify the verb with an adjective rather than qualifying it with an adverb? I assume it has something to do with the nature of the verb ‘to wax.’ Or does it just sound prettier? I don’t know. Maybe The Borg does. She’s into erudition.