When a pair is not a couple

I noticed that quite a few people have trouble correctly using the words pair and couple when referring to two people (married, or otherwise romantically involved). This is not surprising since the difference between pair and couple is quite subtle. From the Oxford English Dictionary, we have pair: two people who are doing something together

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briefly vs. shortly

This is a tricky one, and as is often the case with languages, there are people who argue that the two words can indeed be used as synonyms. However, according to the majority of sources I consulted, and in line with my gut feeling of the English language, briefly and shortly are not interchangeable, and

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