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Word histories

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. Advertisements

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200 words for hands

I must say, this one hadn’t struck me as a need. But there is room for all sorts, and you never know what a good list can lead to. So here are 200 words for hands. Visit my websites via the … Continue reading

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Why do we call a group of ministers a cabinet?

It is a word that is around a lot at the moment. Why do we call a group of ministers or government officials a cabinet? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Avoiding the word good

When you were at primary school, did you have a list of banned words? I suspect it is a common teaching technique, and my bet is that “good” is on most of them. This list will help you to use … Continue reading

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33 commonly misunderstood words and phrases

Today’s post is a mixture. Some of these 33 commonly misunderstood words and phrases are regular stars of these sorts of articles, like the difference between lie and lay. Others are new to me, and while I can see how things can … Continue reading

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Coffee etymologies

I’m not a coffee drinker, but it is hard to ignore the range of words involved in the simple act of buying one these days. Here is the background to some of those words. Visit my websites via the links … Continue reading

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24 profoundly beautiful words describe landscapes and nature

There are some really exotic words in this post. Unfortunately, the impact will have gone by the time you finish explaining most of them. Anyway, here are 24 profoundly beautiful words describe landscapes and nature. Visit my websites via the links … Continue reading

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Is it hairbrained or harebrained?

You can see why this might be controversial, can’t you? So is it hairbrained or harebrained? For what it’s worth, Word thinks it is hare-brained. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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The etymology of debt

A bit of background to debt. Just in case you need it. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Confusing words

Here is a collection of posts about words that are easy to get muddled up: practice or practise. licence or license. Some cartoons of confusing pairs of words. Almost v nearly: the order of approximations. And finally, a confusing words quiz. Visit my … Continue reading

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