December 17, 2010
by Graham
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Ancient Worlds

John Maidment has drawn attention to Richard Miles’ yodophobia. I mentioned his pronunciation of confines in my last post, but now, having watched all the series, I can give a list of some, frankly, astonishing pronunciations he has used in … Continue reading

December 10, 2010
by Graham


We’re all used to the phenomenon of nouns becoming differentiated from their homographic verbs by stress movement: dis’pute becoming ‘dispute for instance, and that this is happening despite the best efforts of the Queen’s English Society and its supporters. Now … Continue reading

December 1, 2010
by Graham

Own Goal

I’ve just bought a second-hand dictionary and thesaurus, which has a  contents list as follows: “Abbreviations Used in this Book Dictionary Thesuarus Appendices Commonly Misspelt Words Weights and Measures” Strangely enough, “thesaurus” is not included in the list of Commonly … Continue reading

October 24, 2010
by Graham


Sportsmen – and I suppose sportswomen as well – are often given nicknames by their team mates. For instance, Andrew Flintoff became “Freddy” because of the similarity of his surname to “Flintstone”. The most unimaginative of these is simply to … Continue reading