Doubling down – everyone seems to be doing it. As Putin doubles down on his war and Truss on her dogma, writers too seem to be doubling down on using doubling down. It’s bound to become one of those words of the year for 2022, perfectly capturing the grim spirit of our times.
Doubling down: say it and feel the doom. The repetition of the ‘d’ makes us feel stuck – just as the doubler-downs themselves are, trapped inside ever-narrowing positions of their own making.