Etymology

Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary: Crystal Explains

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

I may as well be a biased reviewer of David Crystal's books given that Words in Time and Place is the 30th book by the author to find a place on my sp...

There Is No 'N' in 'Restaurateur'

Russell Norman | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Russell Norman

It is a query that assumes many things, the worst being that we are somehow defined by what we do for a living. My answer, "I'm a restaurateur", usually gives way to a tumbleweed moment as I am stared at blankly. But sometimes people correct me... They will say "Don't you mean restauraNteur?"

The Delights of Mark Forsyth's Gemel Edition

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

Well, enough of book porn there! I was just describing the feeling I got when I found Mark Forsyth's Gemel edition of Etymologicon and Horologicon in the post. The sheer beauty of the binding and packaging with both books cosily inside a moss green box is enough to turn on a bookaholic!

What the F**k Is Wrong With Swearing?

Adam Croft | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Croft

I'll level with you: I'm on the fence somewhat. I'm very much of a mind that gratuitous swearing is best avoided. That's why it's gratuitous. Whilst I'm being honest, I may as well throw in that I spend a lot of time in pubs. Gratuitous swearing is rife in many pubs, which I'm sure will not be particularly shocking news to you.

Spell It Out: The Many Shades of English Spelling

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Annie Martirosyan

'Spell It Out' is more than a reader-friendly, comprehensible and comprehensive story of the history and evolvement of English spelling - Professor Crystal gives practical advice in Teaching Appendix as well as throughout the book.

Plebs: A Short History

Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Politics

We don't know for sure if Andrew Mitchell called police officers plebs. According to reports in The Sun, the 56-year-old chief whip ranted "learn y...

Pasta By Design: Use Your Noodle (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home

Pasta, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. It’s a staple of every student’s kitchen, a raw material in children’s art. It enjoys an illic...

App Translates Youth Speak

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 13.02.2012 | UK Tech

Ever texted LOL when the news is sad? Do you wonder where you should place "innit" in a sentence, and whether it should be conjugated? You need th...