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makes it impossible for an outsider to affect the voting in any way
I take issue with this. In history there are many examples where rich families have bought themselves a pope by bribing and intimidating the cardinals. Theory is one thing, in practice Conclave is not completely shut off from the rest of the world.
English sounds English to a human ear, the syntax is based on the same rules but the usage of the language varies a lot around the world. Meaning is coloured by local culture.
Exactly! After all when a bouncer throws you out of a pub in the UK by saying: "I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to leave..." he's neither afraid nor is he asking.