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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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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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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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Lorn (no, not lawn)

Lorn: from the Old English lēosan (no, I have no idea how it should be pronounced) through Middle English lese to the word we use now. On its own it means forsaken, desolate, bereft. It’s archaic meaning: lost, ruined, undone. … 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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Bluesfest

Not my usual sort of post. I’m not about rabbit on about words, grammar, syntax et al; but it was so much fun and such a great event I just have to share my impressions and recollections. Of course the … 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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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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Delicious

It looked so wonderful. The photograph showed it sitting atop a low marble stand. Its three layers oozed decadence and orange custard cream, and it was smothered with the richest, shiniest, obediently sticky and slow-moving chocolate sauce. ‘Ah’, I thought, … Continue reading

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