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    both lie in this conviction that

    The effect can be so startling that it used to be thought it affected human behaviour, prompting a rise of criminality or madness. It is the perigee moon, the scientific term for supermoon, that apparently sets the werewolves of legend howling.

    The origin of the words "lunatic" and "loony" both lie in this conviction that wits could stray on such nights but historically many have taken advantage of brilliant moonlight to extend the daytime hours for work or play.
    (The Guardian; Supermoon makes photographers go crazy)

    Wouldn't the following variant sound slightly better:
    "The origin of the words "lunatic" and "loony" both lie in the conviction that wits could stray on such nights [...]"

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    Re: both lie in this conviction that

    Wouldn't the following variant sound slightly better:
    "The origin of the words "lunatic" and "loony" both lie in the conviction that wits could stray on such nights [...]"
    No, because the writer is referring back to the conviction mentioned in the previous paragraph:
    ... it used to be thought it affected human behaviour...

    This is a rhetorical device used (in this case) to connect the ideas between paragraphs.

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