Category Archives: Grammar & usage

Notes on the framework of language

Join in with #wordswhereyouare

This is an interesting one. The OED are asking for help to identify and record the words, phrases, and expressions particular to where you live or where you are from. Which should be interesting? I remember when I was at University, … Continue reading

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How the oceans got their names

Here is some interesting background to how the oceans got their names. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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7 common errors your PC will not catch

People say that technology is making people redundant all over the place. Well, automated things can do a lot, but at the moment you still get howlers like these: nursing the accurately ill. We meant acutely. the quorum for any … Continue reading

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The moon is green cheese

Here is some background to that odd phrase about the moon being green cheese. Which always seems odd. Why would green cheese spring to mind when you are trying to describe something? How times change… Visit my websites via the … Continue reading

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The difference between affect and effect

Many people get confused about affect and effect. Once you have written one of these words, somehow it looks wrong. Looking it up often doesn’t help. If you are already confused, working out whether you are dealing with a verb or … Continue reading

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Words associated with salt

Here is a really interesting piece about words associated with salt. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Some word histories

Time for some word history: Loggerhead Dope Draw a line in the sand Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Hoity-toity and gibberish

Yes, I know it is an odd combination, but I just happened to come upon these two posts: Hoity-toity Gibberish Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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The origin of purl

I’ve always been a knitter, ever since I was little. I’ve always thought purl was a funny name for a stitch, but I’ve never got round to looking up the origin. Well, here is the answer. Visit my websites via … Continue reading

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Some old phrases

And now, for this in between time of year, some background to some old phrases: Not my pigeon Salt of the earth Crocodile tears Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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