Category Archives: Language and Reference

Reading Between The Lines

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has published a blog post today that has caused a slight disturbance amongst the company’s fans: Your Windows 10 PC will love all the devices you own. The reason for their discomfiture is that Microsoft is intent … Continue reading

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Management Speak

Steven Poole has hit a nerve with his article in the Guardian on 10 of the worst examples of management speak. It’s got over 1,800 comments all of them expressing their loathing of management speak. It reminds me of the … Continue reading

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On Being A Grammar Pedant

Few things are guaranteed to irritate me more than bad grammar. Yes, I know that my reaction is out of all proportion to the sin, but it is the way that I was brought up. For example, yesterday I made … Continue reading

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Damn The Rising Inflection

As you know, it doesn’t take much to get me going on a Victor Meldrew rant. One thing that is practically guaranteed to do it is to hear someone speak with a rising inflection at the end, or even during, … Continue reading

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

An updated version from Carol Ann Duffy. God, she’s good.

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Warning – Purple Prose Ahead

Steven Poole draws our attention to a strangely fascinating opening sentence: Pigeons rustled in the beams of the Staten Island Ferry terminal as Rebecca Miller, the writer and director, ordered a soft pretzel. It comes from a New Yorker article, … Continue reading

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The Etymology of “Go Forth and Multiply”

This is a wonderful piece of research on the word "fuck" and all who sail in her.

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