My latest article for The Week is actually one I wrote a few months ago. We decided to keep it in reserve until another mass shooting brought the topic into the news again. Sadly, we knew that it would happen. And it did. Here’s a piece on that thing that people say as a substitute for doing anything effective:
How ‘thoughts and prayers’ became the stock phrase of tragedies
Today I’m reviewing Hallowe’en. Not Halloween – just the version with the apostrophe.
My latest piece for The Week is on the word however, which just happens to be one of Wikipedia’s favourite words – however, people aren’t always sure how to handle it.
However: Everything you need to know about a commonly abused word
English is descended from Anglo-Saxon, which is descended from Proto-Germanic. French is descended from Latin. Both are descended from Proto-Indo-European. Fine, fine. What about the future? What will be descended from English?
Future? What about the present? English already has descendants! I talk about a few of them in my latest article for the BBC:
How English gave birth to surprising new languages
A couple of weeks ago, I did an “English language time machine” piece for The Week. This week, it’s up as a podcast, for those who prefer to listen:
What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like
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Tagged Anglo-Saxon, Breton, Brittonic, Brythonic, Chaucer, English, English language, history, Middle English, Old English, Shakespeare, The Week
One word that gets some people in a lather is anyways with an s. It’s illogical! Senseless! Illiterate! Etc. But none of them ever seem to bother looking up its origins and history. So, for those who want to know, I’ve given the details in my latest article for TheWeek.com:
A herstory (or mansplanation) of portpersonteau words
From broceries to guybrarian to Galentine’s Day, we often employ wordplay to poke at differences between the sexes
Another article by me on TheWeek.com. Read it at theweek.com/article/index/240260/anbspherstorynbspornbspmansplanation-ofnbspportpersonteaunbspwords!
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Tagged blends, brocabulary, bromance, dudevorce, English words, Galentine, guyliner, herstory, history, manscaping, manscara, mansplain, mansplaining, mansplanation, portmanteau words