Monthly Archives: May 2015

Jargon

If there’s one thing that is guaranteed to raise my blood pressure – actually there are lots of them, but you’ve got to start somewhere – it’s jargon. Especially when it’s either completely meaningless or superfluous. One of the fashionable … Continue reading

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Get Milking!

Better late than never, my latest guide to the origins of the months. We are now half way through Thrimilcemonath. That’s the phonetic rendering. The Anglo-Saxons used a rune-like symbol that’s fallen out of use to represent ‘Th’ sounds: Ðrimilcemonað. … Continue reading

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That Rings Another Bell

My previous posting gave rise to a query about the origin of the phrase ‘That rings a bell’, and after extensive international research I can now reveal the fascinating answer. In days of old             … Continue reading

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That Rings a Bell

I’ve been inundated by an email begging me to write another ‘Origins of Sayings & Phrases’ post, so here goes. There have been bells in British churches for centuries. Presumably the original idea was to call the flock to worship, … Continue reading

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