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And you thought World War Z was a zombie movie . . .

June 17 2019

There is a war of words raging across the globe. The opposing forces are, on one side, the entire North American continent, and a battalion of etymology experts at the Oxford University Press (with support from The Oxford English Dictionary). And on the other side . . . me.

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Cats and dogs, stair rods, and Nanook — you’ve got to love a good idiom

May 21 2019

More than any other single aspect of the language, I find delight in the nuances of idioms. I’m fascinated by their ability to convey meaning in just a few words, yet if you take what is said literally it is often gibberish. Idioms, of course, are those figures of speech that don’t actually mean what they say. Kick the bucket (for death), lose face (a reputation drop), paint the town red (celebrate). English is full of them.

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Litotes: stating a negative to affirm a positive

April 30 2019

Litotes - it's not bad, is it. English speakers love litotes. We use this figure of speech all the time. Indeed litotes could be described not just as a defining feature of the language, but an example of a mode of behaviour that is common to virtually every person who resides upon these isles.

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Why I like the sound of Team UK

April 16 2019

Despite the plangent clamour that passes as Brexit debate, I am slightly surprised to find myself a little in love with one of the terms widely circulated in these past few weeks. I think the term “Team UK” is a very interesting construct.

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Can you name the nine parts of speech?

April 2 2019

This will separate the young from the more seasoned among Courier readers. The question is: can you name the nine parts of speech? For some of us, that question evokes memories of schooldays. For whippersnappers, it is often met merely with an inability to understand the question.