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...
Saturday, 11 June 2016
On the reported death of the full-stop / period
It's amazing how a small point (literally) makes the headlines. Last week I gave a talk at the Hay Festival about my book on punctuation...
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
On Philomena Cunk, the name
A correspondent writes - having just watched Ben et al on Philomena Cunk's programme on Shakespeare - to ask why the name sounds so funn...
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