The Complete Plain Word by Ernest Gowers
Note 11 (Chapter 4)

When this book was first published a Scottish friend wrote to me:

"As a Scot I wept bitter tears over your defeatist attitude in the matter of haver. I think it is utterly damnable that a perfectly honest word with a clearly defined meaning should be taken by 'havering bodies' and given a meaning, quite arbitrarily, which violates all its past history. . . . I deplore your weak-kneed acquiescence."

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