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Word of the week: WordPerfect

“Word Perfect” is a book by Susie Dent published recently here in the UK. Unfortunately the initial print-run was based on an early version of the text and was full of typographical errors. As you can read in this piece from the Guardian (“Susie Dent ‘gutted’ after new book Word Perfect printed with host of… Continue reading Word of the week: WordPerfect

In the news · Sport

Jack Charlton RIP, and the England World Cup winning team: more dead than alive

Leeds United and Republic of Ireland football legend Jack Charlton died last week, aged 85. May he rest in peace. He was a legend as a player for Leeds (773 appearances, a club record) and for England (a World Cup winner in 1966) and was by some distance the most succesful manager in the history… Continue reading Jack Charlton RIP, and the England World Cup winning team: more dead than alive

In the news · Language · Reading

“Thousand-yard stares”

Many phrases have entered common usage since Coronavirus began to dominate the headlines back in March: “social distancing”, “track and trace”, “immuno-compromised”. A phrase that has been around for many years but has only registered with me in the last few months, when reading articles about Coronavirus, is the “thousand-yard stare”. I first encountered it… Continue reading “Thousand-yard stares”

In the news · Music

Album of the week: postponed, in favour of live news

For the last six Wednesdays I have been posting “Album of the week” pieces, for reasons explained in the first of them, here. This time last week I was thinking of having a sabbatical (six weeks on, one week off), partly because I couldn’t think of a new album that I wanted to explore. I… Continue reading Album of the week: postponed, in favour of live news