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Wiblog - Paul's Wibblings

15/06/16

One of the things I've noticed in recent times is that on science programmes I listen to, More or Less in particular, the word data is always treated as a plural. So they will say things like:  read more ...

29/10/15

I've muttered in times past when I was having more to do with local politics on the ground that the buzzword of the day was "sustainable". I wasn't the only person to notice either. Randall over at XKCD suggested that "sustainable" was unsustainable:  read more ...

02/06/15

Uplift One of the things that intrigues me about Scotland is that although they (mostly) speak the same language we do south of the border there are odd words in their vocabulary that are different.  read more ...

03/01/15

Thanks to Ellie I've been reading Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens for the first time over Christmas and I wanted to share this with you as it made me giggle:  read more ...

31/05/14

It was only yesterday that I was wibbling on to Beth about how every spokesman now trots out the same phrase after anyone has died. What do they say? Come on children, repeat after me:  read more ...

27/02/14

Everyone who's interested in language knows American and British English have diverged a little over the centuries and we all know the easy ones like pants and pavement but I came across a new one today.  read more ...

17/12/13

We all know that taking the piss out of other people's speeling and grammar is a dangerous game as we're all guilty, just some more than others. But I got some unsolicited commercial email today to my work email address that made me wince. Here it is:  read more ...

28/04/13

I hesitate to comment on other people's verbal tics because I know I've got a few myself but I was half listening to BBC Five Live's "Breakfast" show last Friday and heard this just before 7am. It's an interview with Maria Catalano who is the world's top woman snooker player. Take a listen:  read more ...

21/04/13

I glanced at my diary this morning and saw that today is the 20th anniversary of my first epileptic fit and for some reason that reminded me that whenever I talk about this I conscious try not to refer to myself as "an epileptic". But then I thought about it some more, and (as Mark Kermode would say) here's the thing: I do refer to myself as "a migraineur".  read more ...

04/04/11

The grocer, specifically the greengrocer, often seems to get ribbed for his use of the apostrophe. And there's some truth in it: I'm sure you've all seen the grocer on the market selling "carrot's" and "pot's".  read more ...

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