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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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Writers get together at writers’ get-together

Every month I attend a Meetup group called Shut Up and Write (or Edit). I was introduced to the group by my friend Janet Reid, she’s a published author who writes for children and young adults. The Meetup’s held at … Continue reading

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The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker

If you ever saw the gruesome Reservoir Dogs (well, it is made by Quentin Tarantino) you will recall the characters’ pseudonyms were: Mr Blonde, Mr Blue, Mr Brown, Mr Orange, Mr Pink, and Mr White. This got me thinking (sometimes … Continue reading

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Milling, dogs, and other animals

Yes, yes, I know. I’ve been very slack, very remiss; haven’t posted for a while. Blame it on Bluesfest, why don’t you. I am still reminiscing… Anyway, here we go. Soon my conscience will be assuaged! The word ‘mill’ comes from … Continue reading

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Stuff word-nerds like

It’s compound nouns’ turn today. Something the other day—I have no idea what it was—sparked a need to research some of these delights. Only a few, mind you, there are gazillions out there. Slapdash. It appears to have been coined … Continue reading

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Snakes and ladders

‘Whoa!’ he exclaimed, jumping backwards; for there, curled up in the box with the coils of  nails for his nail gun, was a large amount of snake. It was russet-brown, beautiful, slender, muscular and very much alive—if a little sleepy. … Continue reading

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An essay on an essay

A very long time ago, my friends, when I was still at school, I wrote an essay titled ‘Spring’. We had been given carte blanche—as long as we stuck to the prescribed subject!—by our English teacher, a fearsome woman, who … Continue reading

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Food Fun and Fighting with Fruit (flies)

Are you a foodie? Am I a foodie? I know I love to eat. I’m in the ‘live to eat’ camp rather than ‘eat to live’. Aren’t we the lucky ones? Makes me feel a bit guilty. Anyway, I thought … Continue reading

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A bedraggled rapscallion

Oh, words are bliss for word nerds. I love words, in case you’d not realised, and I was thinking about some particularly (to me) attractive ones. There’s no accounting for taste, they say. Bedraggled Bedraggle (early 18thC) is, apparently, a word … Continue reading

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