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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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Ramblings

I’ve been off air for a while—since August to be precise—the first half of the period of omission, Aug–Sept I suppose, was because I was busy. The second part, October on its tod, has been because I’ve been recuperating from something … Continue reading

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Me, Myself and I

…to quote a song title by the wonderfully talented Joan Armatrading—and many others too, according to my search engine of choice. There’s a bit about pronouns (use your search engine of choice) and just a smidgeon about sentence construction. In this … Continue reading

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Adverbs

We can all do with refreshers, because even if we think we know and/or remember everything, we don’t. There are many online courses out there now and I am all for taking advantage of the wonderful, often free, opportunities on … Continue reading

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Comparatives and Superlatives

Good, better, best, never let it rest; until your good is better, and the better best. When I used my favourite search engine to find out the origin of this quote, it was attributed to a gentleman named Tim Duncan. … Continue reading

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Fling, flang, flung

The other day I heard—on our national broadcaster no less—a young news presenter (journalist? I hope not) say: ‘The ship sunk…’ I ground my teeth in despair. Pedantry: I am thy faithful follower (more or less). So I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Spelling traps for the unwary

Well, life’s amazing – and often wonderful, entertaining, interesting and full of excitement. I thought I was a pedant; well, I am about lots of things as many who know me will be happy to attest. However, in the past … Continue reading

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When to Use May or Can, and Which or That?

When do I use ‘May’ as opposed to ‘Can’? And ‘Which’ or ‘That’; which one’s used when?

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When to use ‘Each’ and when to use ‘Both’

When to use ‘Each’ and when to use ‘Both’ Here is another couple (yes, ‘couple’ is a unit so is singular!) of English words which have been known to cause confusion. Let’s have a look at how they should be … Continue reading

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Me, Myself and I

Me, Myself and I (to quote a song title by the wonderfully talented Joan Armatrading – and many others too, according to my search engine of choice&#8230 When do I use ‘I’, when do I use ‘me’ and when do … Continue reading

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