Monthly Archives: July 2013

Ouch…

I was watching one of those real-life medical emergency programmes the other day. It was from Australia, and some poor bloke came off his trail bike and suffered a major impact injury at a place called Mount Buggery. Just the … Continue reading

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Success!

The government have been reading my blog (or at least I assume so) and after seeing the posting about jargon in modern life have decided to act decisively. This was in the Telegraph the other day: Officials have been issued … Continue reading

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Once again, the overzealous WordPress spam filter almost led to me missing out on a fascinating and insightful comment from a loyal follower of this blog, apparently from China: I am likely to be sincere with you right here. Informational … Continue reading

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Origins of words and phrases

There is a very specific reason for turning back to ye olde days in order to look at today’s word.             We often see the word “ye” in old writings, and it’s been preserved in … Continue reading

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Elmore’s Ten Rules

I’ve always liked – and passed on – the American crime writer Elmore Leonard’s advice to ‘leave out the parts readers tend to skip’, because it’s my philosophy exactly. I’ve been flipping through a very good book called Your Writing … Continue reading

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A Warning to Young Ladies

A timely reminder on deportment and decorum from my trusty copy of The Country Diaries, in an entry from November 1799 by William Holland: Met the two Miss Rolins from Stowgursey. They were dressed very smart yet trudging along in … Continue reading

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Problematic Words

I can’t remember if I’ve covered this one before, but it’s always worth having a little reminder. I’ve just seen that David Moyes, the new manager of Manchester United, is quoted as saying that ‘the enormity of the job is … Continue reading

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Origins of Words and Phrases

Once more we are marching back to the glorious days of sail, completely contrary to popular demand.             I heard today’s rather jocular phrase recently, and it took me back to when I was writing … Continue reading

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Rolling Out

I’m rolling out this posting on my blog while watching a BBC News programme where they’ve already used the phrase “roll out” three times in the space of a few minutes regarding a new government benefits rule. I first came … Continue reading

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Once They Moved Like the Wind

That’s the title of a book I’ve just finished reading about the last days of the free Apaches and its most famous warriors, Cochise and Geronimo. It is a captivating read. Last year I read Empire of the Summer Moon, … Continue reading

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