Author Archives: Margie Riley

Overdue

My BFF, Heather, who lives in the USA, has stirred me into action. We were at boarding school together—far too long ago to mention here, suffice to say we’ve known each other since we were 10. She has just launched … Continue reading

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What is the collective noun for aunts?

Following the death, just yesterday at the age of 96, of my last—and adored—aunt, I searched for a collective noun for these relatives. It appears there isn’t one. I think we should start a universal trend and make it: A … Continue reading

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What’s good and what’s not so good

Hoo boy. I know it’s been too long since I wrote anything. That’s the trouble with families: visitors from overseas (so much fun) and others interstate. Anyway, enough of my excuses; I’m back now, so here goes. Recently I started … Continue reading

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Words: use of

Resource, resources, resourceful Here I go again; another bit of high horsing. Resource (noun). A source of support, supply, or aid. 1640-50; French ressource, Old French ressourse, noun derivative of resourdre to rise up. Latin resurgere, equivalent to re- re- … Continue reading

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Soliciting for readers

Solicit. I was wondering about this word (oh, the things that excite word-nerds) and its better-known relatives. So I’ll start from the top. Solicit (verb) early 15th century, from Middle French soliciter. It meant to disturb, trouble or agitate; it’s from … Continue reading

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Butterflies, cauliflowers and strawberries

I’ve seen quite a few butterflies recently. I thought it was too early for them, but perhaps it’s all to do with climate change (for which we humans are, of course, not responsible). Today I saw a dear little yellow … Continue reading

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You say potato, I say potato

I wonder often about pronunciation. Yes, only other word-nerds will probably understand and appreciate my obsession with things linguistic. Recently a friend sent me this link: https://aeon.co/essays/why-is-english-so-weirdly-different-from-other-languages. The article is quite long, so here’s a little taster. Clip on a … Continue reading

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What’s in a name

Names; monikers; sobriquets, appellations, handles, labels (aagh!), tags, nicknames, pet names… What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet The incomparable J. K. Rowling … Continue reading

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Gratitude

Gratitude. Noun: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Yes, I realise it’s been overdone a bit recently, but this morning I woke and was filled with it. You see, I’d slept for eight … Continue reading

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Labels, tags, logos, call them what you will. But please don’t label me.

Rambling, stream of consciousness post here… Labels have become my bêtes noire. Okay, they’re useful on packets and jars, machinery, equipment and shops, and for identifying people you want to seek out at conferences, but as for most of the … Continue reading

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