• The latest round of draft entries for the New Edition of the OED has been released online, and one of the additions is our old friend "another thing coming": (Under , n.1) chiefly Brit. and Irish English. (arising from misapprehension of s.v. ...
  • The other day I surprised some people by using "knickers" as if it were a swearword. I explained that it was a very mild swearword which was unlikely to cause offence. The conversation led on to "sugar" which is even more mild. I also started to ...
  • While watching "Shall We Dance?" (1937) last evening, I noticed that the character played by Fred Astaire (who in turn was played by Frederic Austerlitz, Jr of Omaha, Nebraska) pronounced "Denise" with an "s" sound, while his friend, played by Edward ...
  • Aue has become too much of my life. No, curb your enthusiasm, this is not an "I'm outta here" post. Today I attended the funeral of one of my brothers-in-law. Rather than spending my time fondly remembering the faithful departed, I found myself ...
  • A few months ago, I told you all that my son uses "thing" instead of "think" in the following: If you think that, you've got another coming. The idea that a son of mine would say "thing" instead of "think" just floored me. Where did I go wrong? Well, ...
  • Hear Yiz, Hear Yiz, Hear Yiz, It is with great pleasure we can announce that the totally-offical wedding of Garry to his beautiful bride took place this afternoon in Westminster Register Office. A goodly collection of friends were present to witness ...
  • Hi, I have just had a discussion with my wife today about the term "negro". I am a native English speaker, originally from New Zealand, but have lived in Denmark for the last 10 years. While I was speaking English today my Danish wife admonished me ...
  • I normally say "an herb" or "an honor", where the is commonly dropped. Before most words i would use "a" pronounced as the in "fun". I would not say "an husband" or "an house", a form of dropping i associate with some British speakers. But whil ...
  • BBC NEWS LGA banned words: full list Here is the full list of 200 words which, the Local Government Association says should not be used by councils: Across-the-piece Actioned Advocate Agencies Ambassador Area based Area focused Autonomous Baseline Beacon Benchma ...
  • At a grocery store, I was asked where "alfoil" or "alufoil" is, in the end, it turned out to be Aluminum Foil. At another time in a conversation with a college mate, she said she failed 'eco'. After I give her a puzzled look, she explain it's a ...
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