It was Sherlock Holmes in “His Last Bow” who said that, and I’m paraphrasing here, that two years undercover as the American Pinkterton detective Altamont had left his font of English permanently defiled.
I’ve watched too much British television. My own font of English has been permantently defiled.
I typed out a sentence, and wrote out “armed with torches.” I knew what I meant, but someone else reading that might think I meant the characters were carrying wooden clubs alight with flame, when what I meant was a torch, a mechanical, electrical light-thingee.
Oh, flashlight. That must be the word I want. 😉
Except that I really like “torch” in this particular context. But it has to go.