Spellings Across the Pond: UK vs. US English

Of some annoyance to me is the different spellings of the same words between the UK and the USA. I’m in the UK and culturally I prefer UK spellings. But it’s not that simple. Microsoft Word that is ‘made’ in the USA seems to ‘think’ that it’s fine if I spell prioritize as such (instead … Read more

Recent new words

I’m always fascinated to learn new words. When I say ‘new’ I mean words that I did not know or use, or words that I had forgotten about. The following is a recent list, which is being updated as I discover new words: Ham-fisted Bucolic Hagiography Obstreperous Rapscallion  Bloviation Skedaddle Sinecure This post is not … Read more

The Barnum Effect

Some will be reaching for Google and dictionaries on this. Some fine examples of Barnum statements, “Humans a not perfect“, or “Everybody makes mistakes – are you perfect?” or “Not everybody is a scientist.” The words seem to hold a truth held dear by ordinary people. But in essence they lack depth by the way … Read more

Is learning to type a good investment?

As usual I’ll start with what investment means. Loads of people will have jumped to thinking of £ or $ signs instantly, I just know it. Investment in the context of this post means putting in some effort, time or work and getting some advantage out of it. The advantage could be in monetary terms … Read more

Proof positive that I speak in a foreign language.

This is England. They speak English over here. It is the national language. I live in England. I grew up speaking English in another land. It’s my only language. I then spend over 30 years living in England speaking the English I knew from another land (that was an English colony), but learned some refinements. … Read more