Asleep – Yeah right

Writing about http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/8104519.stm A linguistics professor was lecturing to her class one day. “In English,” she said, “A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.” A voice from the back … Continue reading

10% Discount on Demagogy

dem·a·gog·ic   Audio Help   /ˌdɛməˈgɒdʒɪk, -ˈgɒg-, -ˈgoʊdʒɪk/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[dem-uh–goj-ik, –gog-, –goh-jik] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a demagogue. Also, dem·a·gog·i·cal. [Origin: 1825–35; < Gk démagōgikós, equiv. to démagōg(ós) (see demagogue) + -ikos -ic] —Related forms dem·a·gog·i·cal·ly, adverb der·ma·tol·o·gy   Audio Help   /ˌdɜrməˈtɒlədʒi/ Pronunciation Key – … Continue reading

What’s the Difference Between an Accountant and a Communicator?

Note: the Accountant referred to is not Himself! The difference is in the understanding of the word Clarity. 1. clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity. 2. the state or quality of being clear or transparent to the eye; pellucidity: the clarity of pure water. Clarity to a communicator … Continue reading

You can take a girl out of Essex….

From my Dad…  Posted because I went home for the weekend and because I wore my white stilettos on Friday night (honestly) and because I don’t forward these things on but it’s worth sharing. alma chizzit – A request to find the cost of an item  amant – Quantity; sum total (“Thez a yuge amant of mud in Saffend”)  … Continue reading

Phuket Thailand!

JUNO (in low tones) Dude, I’m pregnant. LEAH Maybe it’s just a food baby. Did you have a big lunch? JUNO It’s not a food baby. I took three pregnancy tests today. I am fo shiz up the spout. LEAH How did you even generate enough pee for three pregnancy tests? JUNO I drank like ten tons … Continue reading

Overheard 2

See Overheard Overheard at lunchtime at work. Woman 1: Yeah, I don’t like reading books in the first person, you know, I did this, I did that… Woman 2: Yeah, it’s self-gratification isn’t it? Woman 1: Yeah, I much prefer a good story….

Fabulous Florence in Pictures

We had a fabulous time, and marched our way around the churches and museums and ate our way round the foccaherias, gelaterias, mercado, trattorias and ristoranti! My top food places of the trip were: Il Latini – Via dei Palchetti 6 Trattoria Marione – Via della Spada 27/r Gelateria Carraira – at the Oltrano end … Continue reading

Bovine Scatology & Kakistocracy

Writing about http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/ram/today4_obscurewords_20070727.ram And about Foyle’s Philavery – A Treasury of Unusual Words Hooray for Christopher Foyle – a good Essex man from near Maldon – and, of course, something to do with a few big bookshops. I was reminded of this just now (I confess I had forgotten it from this morning!) because I’m … Continue reading

My New Obsession

is Boggle. We used to have a similar game when we were growing up – but the ability to shake all the dice at once is a vast improvement. At the moment the game is following me round the house – and the sound of plastic clashing against plastic is driving Himself and Sparka crackers. … Continue reading

Coventry’s New Radio Station – Proper Radio