Shakespeare · Word of the week

Word of the week: o’er

“O’er” is defined simply enough on this page from Macmillan Dictionaries as “a word meaning over, used in poetry” (adverb, preposition, literary). It came to mind at a funeral mass I attended earlier today. Some of the hymns contained words with apostrophes to make them fit in with the melody, words like spread’st, Heav’n and… Continue reading Word of the week: o’er

Music · Trivia

UK #1 hit singles: the title is not in the song (the answers)

Yesterday I set the following challenge. Can you name five songs that reached #1 in the UK that do not contain the title anywhere in the lyrics of the song? (Instrumentals don’t count.) I linked to this page on the Trivia Menu in case you got stuck. It mentions two of the songs in a… Continue reading UK #1 hit singles: the title is not in the song (the answers)

Music · Trivia

UK #1 hit singles: the title is not in the song

It’s nearly 20 years since someone set me the following challenge. Can you name five songs that reached #1 in the UK that do not contain the title anywhere in the lyrics of the song? (Instrumentals don’t count.) It has been one of my favourite trivia questions ever since. I managed to get to five… Continue reading UK #1 hit singles: the title is not in the song

Word of the week

Word of the week: Vegemite

It’s a while since I linked to an Oliver Burkeman article, so here’s one that’s particularly relevant for me this week. It mentions “phenomenal knowledge”, or “the knowledge of what it feels like to experience something”, in the context of tasting Vegemite for the first time. As he notes: “you can obtain such knowledge only… Continue reading Word of the week: Vegemite