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Blame the French

A line in the sports pages of the Observer newspaper inspired today’s posting, when it referred to an heroic English defensive effort during football’s European Championships. Notice anything amiss, boys and girls? When the French invaded us in 1066 – something … Continue reading

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Spot the Deliberate Mistake

It’s quiz time boys and girls! I came across the setence below in a football magazine – what’s wrong with it? Turn your computer screen upside down to read the answer at the bottom. Thinking about it, that might cause … Continue reading

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People should learn to talk proper

There was an article on my local newspaper’s website the other day about the big increase in hospital spending on interpreters, largely because of the recent influx of eastern Europeans. This was one of the readers’ comments beneath it: Its … Continue reading

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He Should Have Pled Guilty

I’m referring to a journalist on the BBC News website whose article I read a few weeks ago. Regular readers of this blog will know I have a bee in my bonnet about the Americanisation (yes, that’s with an 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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Language

Did you know you could speak several languages? I was once talking to a German, who spoke perfect English, about the similarities between our languages, and she tried to tell me that this was because they share a common Latin … Continue reading

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