Do you have to do that?

Will Jelbert
2 min readOct 20, 2019
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‘Ought once was, of all things, the past tense of owe […] But when you owe, you’re under an obligation,

says English Professor, John McWorter. Obligation is a synonym of need, and so our word-bowel movements evolve from moral dumps (of should) into need-diarrhea. I was whatsapping a friend and a

‘I have to go to a wedding’

Will Jelbert

Bestselling author of Word Wise and The Happiness Animal