What’s the happiest of happy endings?

British film goers have voted It’s A Wonderful Life as their favourite happy ending. I can live with that. It’s one of those all time classics and regularly screened at Xmas time in the UK and most other English speaking nations. I was rather disappointed...

Fifteen most frequently blogged words

If you were doing a bit of work experience at the Oxford University Press, you might think you were onto something pretty special. If you actually had a job there, you might be patting yourself on the back on a regular basis. But in further proof that no job is...

The world’s easiest quiz… or is it?

The English language has often been condemned for its incredibly nonsensical grammar rules, along with all the exceptions to the rules and so on. I speak a couple of other languages as well as English (though none of them very well) and I have the utmost respect for...

Subscription hiccough

It came to my attention recently that the email subscription service for The Word, supplied through Feedburner, wasn’t working properly. There was a problem from when I migrated this site from Blogger to Word Press. The problem has now been fixed and you should...

Champion graffiti artist of the week

Just a quick one, but I had to pass it on. Sometimes the simplest graffiti is the most effective. I can’t stand these mindless vandals that go around tagging their lame street name across everything. However, some good quality graffiti is to be lauded....