Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Day Courses in 2018
One of the outcomes of my August 2017 weekend on the English language was a request to have further days focusing on topics in greater depth...
Saturday, 3 June 2017
English language weekend update
One never knows, with a new idea like this, whether it will appeal, or whether the people who have asked for it will actually come, given al...
Monday, 6 March 2017
On an English language weekend
I've frequently been asked to put on a summer course for people unable to attend the various lectures I give to schools, literary festi...
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
On myths and the making of the OED
I've been pulled out of blog semi-retirement by a correspondent who watched the BBC TV show QI last week. It had a sequence on difficul...
Monday, 20 June 2016
Last week I finally managed to get to see the amazing Mundolingua - the language museum in Paris founded by Mark Oremland a couple of year...
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
On a dialect labour of love, and a Hopkins illustration
The Disappearing Dictionary (2015) has just been published in paperback. It was my attempt to celebrate the amazing English Dialect Diction...
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