Ruth Turner - shame on you
No-one else seems to have noticed, so I will take up the cudgels:
"I have been completely open with the police throughout and will continue to cooperate with them fully. I absolutely refute any allegations of wrongdoing of any nature whatsoever".
Now Ms Turner studied English and History at Salford University, so she has less of an excuse than most for her hideous misuse of the present tense of 'refute' while offering no proof as to the falseness of any of the allegations. I suppose she thought that 'deny' was too feeble a word, and perhaps the meaning of 'refute' has become debased, but nevertheless, not good. I would have accepted 'I will refute'. The Grauniad also disgraces itself by using 'Ruth Turner refutes any wrongdoing 'absolutely' ‘as a sub-headline. Given the foregoing, why no inverted commas? It is not a statement of fact, is it?
Anyway, for the record:
Refute - –verb (used with object), -fut·ed, -fut·ing.
1 - To prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge.
2 - To prove (a person) to be in error.Having embarked on a little light pedantry, doubtless I will find myself hoist by my own petard before the morning is out. The clock is ticking..