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• I read in the Weekly that coal de­mand fell in 2016 (23 June). That’s good news. But the lan­guage of the in­dus­try still dom­i­nates the dis­cus­sion. The au­thor says “en­ergy de­mand growth glob­ally was weak”. The word “weak” makes it sound as if it were a prob­lem. A bet­ter description would have been “De­spite our best ef­forts, en­ergy de­mand glob­ally continued to grow”.

We know we have to change our in­dus­trial and eco­nomic model. But it seems that the lan­guage we use is one of the big bar­ri­ers to achiev­ing this. Tim Swann Tr­elech, Wales

• In her re­view of Colm Tóibín’s House of Names (23 June), Kate Clanchy refers to Elec­tra as hav­ing “a Freudian com­plex named af­ter her”. In fact it is a neo-Freudian term, hav­ing been first used by Carl Jung. What is more in­ter­est­ing is that she then refers to Elec­tra’s brother, Orestes “as the tor­mented young man who must mur­der his fa­ther”. Orestes did not mur­der his fa­ther, he mur­dered his mother who had mur­dered his fa­ther. This seems not so much a Freudian slip as a Freudian whop­per. Josh Beer Ot­tawa, On­tario, Canada

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