Monthly Archives: May 2013

Over the last few days I’ve regularly been dipping into The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate. I didn’t expect to like it much because frankly very little modern poetry appeals to me. I’ve always felt that much … Continue reading

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Origin of Words and Phrases

This is a word you don’t tend to hear much these days, but I happened to come across its origin on a TV quiz yesterday so I thought I’d throw it in anyway. There was a type of apple that … Continue reading

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Crystal Clear

I’m now dipping into a book called By Hook or by Crook by David Crystal. He’s a linguist, and this book describes his travels around the borders of England and Wales, musing on regional accents, place and personal names. It’s … Continue reading

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Woof

I’ve just finished reading The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England and can unreservedly recommend it to my hordes of followers. One of the things I learned was that the term spaniel dates from around this time, because it was … Continue reading

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A Challenge!

I came across this punctuation/grammar quiz on the BBC News website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22512744 I expect my band of well-trained, knowledgeable followers to score at least seven or eight! (I must admit I only got question 8 right because of a lucky … Continue reading

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The Moral of the Story

The most recent manuscript I’ve been working on in my freelance work for a writers’ advisory service was intended to be a “life lesson” novel for children – a story which also conveys a message. The problem was – and … Continue reading

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Origins of Words and Phrases

I felt it was much too long since we’d revisited the glorious days of sail for a word origin…               A lee shore was always a danger to sailing ships – the closer you … Continue reading

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