Category Archives: Grammar & usage
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. Advertisements
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.
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
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.
We’ve got a collection of word origins today: baffle culprit bankrupt Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.
We all know what it means, but a lot of people are unsure about whether to use “just deserts” or “just desserts”. This is a thorough post about a confusing phrase: just des(s)erts. And once you know which word you want, … Continue reading
It is time we had some word history. This time there are some classic muddles: Scrimshaw. Seersucker. Derring-do. Donkey’s years. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.
We live in interesting times, which seem more and more difficult to predict. And in these times bring up some language issues. Here are two which are coming up at the moment, mainly in the American context: bureau impeachment Visit … Continue reading
The development of the alphabet is quite an interesting field of study. I started on a series of blog posts on the subject, and one day I hope to find the notes, which I don’t think I’ve seen since before … Continue reading
Some word history this week: Exception that proves the rule Bespoke Jungle Hazy Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.