Wrong Word Wednesday

Wrong Word Wednesday #73: Annex or Annexe?

I used to do these every week, but now I do them when I have to stop and think about whether I am using the right word or see people using them interchangeably or using one when they mean the other. It's been 18 months since my last (!) This is one that, until a… Continue reading Wrong Word Wednesday #73: Annex or Annexe?


Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year

It's been a rather shocking year for politics. First, the UK decided to vote itself out of the European Union. In the aftermath (actually, before that), the remain campaigners accused the leave campaign of lying. Leave were told to stop using several key strategies, one of which was the claim that the UK sends £350m… Continue reading Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year

Features / Articles · Language

Origins of the English Language: The Norman Conquest

Other titles in this series: Anglo-Saxons; Vikings Let's get one thing out of the way before we start... whether you call him William: Duke of Normany, William the Bastard or William the Conqueror the man who invaded England from Normandy was not French. He hated the French and they hated him. He was actually of… Continue reading Origins of the English Language: The Norman Conquest


On Learning American English (My Dubious Claim to Being Bilingual).

A very good friend of mine has been in the US for just over a year. Similar to some of the musings on the differences between AME and BE I’ve written about recently, here’s a great analysis from somebody who is living it.

Old England to New England

There are some elusive skills that you can obtain in life that will make you the envy of all of your fellow humans. Being visible to the wait staff in a restaurant when you want to settle your bill is chief among these but

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Language · PostADay

Favourite and Least Favourite Words of a Linguistics Nerd

The pen is mightier than the sword -Edward Bulwer-Lytton. (And just as deadly in the wrong hands as Jack Nicholson's Joker proves in Batman: The Movie). Words can do many things. They can hurt an individual or they change humanity for the better or worse. They can be used to spread the truth and to… Continue reading Favourite and Least Favourite Words of a Linguistics Nerd

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The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript

For the linguists and theoretical code geeks (are there such people?) around here, the mysterious Voynich Manuscript has always baffled language experts and code breakers since it came to light a century ago. Dating to the middle ages, it is a bizarre compilation of strange language, what appears to be herbal medicine recipes, illustrations of… Continue reading The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript