The word ‘system’ is one which has insinuated itself into our language during the past decade: we have hi‐fi systems, teeth cleaning systems, lighting systems and, as recently witnessed in a kitchen supplies shop, sets of nested saucepans described as ‘cookware systems’. Invariably the word system is used to describe an object of technology, but this is often a gross misrepresentation of its definition as ‘a set of connected things or parts that form a whole or work together’.
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