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In remembrance of past pies
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In remembrance of past pies

Light shed on the right show in the wrong place.

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Ever experienced Samstun or iPhobia? Probably, even if you don’t know it

Ever experienced Samstun or iPhobia? Probably, even if you don’t know it

From COVID to the James Webb Space Telescope, it feels like Schrodinger’s cat has been tampering with the zeitgeist.

  • by David Astle
What does a person have to do to get their name in the dictionary?

What does a person have to do to get their name in the dictionary?

You don’t often meet an eponym - someone who’s a word in the dictionary. Or a number, in the case of Oxford professor Robin Dunbar.

  • by David Astle
Boris Johnson’s demise proves a boon for the puzzle pages

Boris Johnson’s demise proves a boon for the puzzle pages

When the world gets shaky, so does the alphabet - and anagram-guerillas have been having a ball with Boris Johnson’s “clownfall”.

  • by David Astle
Jinx testing in progress
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Jinx testing in progress

41 years until we all live long and prosper.

Barguess? Bargoose? Bargearse? The Late Show has nothing to do with it

Barguess? Bargoose? Bargearse? The Late Show has nothing to do with it

David Astle embarks on a wild “bargoose” chase for a lost wartime word meaning a “job well done”.

  • by David Astle
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Whistles for thistles
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Whistles for thistles

Opting for the cheap, spotty version.

The best toy in a Kinder Surprise? A world of language

The best toy in a Kinder Surprise? A world of language

I cradle the world in my hand - inside a plastic capsule, within chocolate, under foil.

  • by David Astle
Rabbitohs is or Storm are? A pesky plural can undo you

Rabbitohs is or Storm are? A pesky plural can undo you

Plurals are buggers to house-train. Or should that be bugger-singular?

  • by David Astle
Silent but deadly
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Silent but deadly

Sparking more generational tension.

My Gawd! This 100-year-old etiquette guide might still hold some useful lessons

My Gawd! This 100-year-old etiquette guide might still hold some useful lessons

In Emily Post’s Etiquette, the sharpest gibes are reserved for the language section.

  • by David Astle