John Rentoul

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.

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The top ten: Old words that sound new

Jan Huntingdon said she has a tattered 1790 edition of the K-Z volume of Thomas Sheridan's 'Dictionary of the English Language', and the first word under Z is the first on this list, defined as: 'One employed to raise laughter by his gestures, actions, and speeches; a merry Andrew, a buffoon.'

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This list was Tom Doran's idea. I thought we might be able to do it using David Bowie alone ('Drive-In Saturday', 'Thursday's Child' and 'Friday on My Mind'), but had to allow some lesser artists in to make up the numbers. And, obviously, the week starts on Sunday.

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