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Tuesday 11 December 2012
Thursday 06 December 2012
‘Tax arrangements’ turn out to be arrangements by which you arrange to not pay any tax.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
Writers of The Thick of It have been credited with creating the Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year. ‘Omnishambles’ is defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations”.
Friday 09 November 2012
This week the Independent's pedant-in-chief considers the stars, takes on "whet" vs "wet", and severs a misunderstanding
Friday 09 November 2012
As Cameron intervenes in the 'Yid' row to says Spurs fans should be able to use the phrase, we republish this piece from last year
Sunday 04 November 2012
James Redding Ware published under a pseudonym, but nobody knew who he was, or cared. There was no particular subterfuge in this; at the time – 1863 – many partwork "sensation" stories appeared without their origins attached, such was the lowly status of those who wrote for money. However, when one of Ware's stories was rediscovered in the form of a pamphlet, his works were traced through the periodicals in which they first appeared, and they revealed their creator.
Wednesday 31 October 2012
Scrabble lovers could soon be racking up double-digit scores with words like quaazy, zowpig and splawder.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
You may have thought you'd heard the last of the publicity-addicted former MP
Saturday 20 October 2012
Friday 19 October 2012
So, has she made a mistake?
Thursday 18 October 2012
Will Self may have missed out on his first Booker prize to Hilary Mantel, but he can take consolation in creating the best photobomb in the history of the Bookers. Which may not be too much consolation for losing the £50,000 bounty but it's, well, something.
Tuesday 16 October 2012
"Young people invent words all the time," said John Morse, the president of Merriam-Webster, the publishing company that printed the first American dictionary in 1828.
Friday 12 October 2012
Our legendary pedant on hunting in and outdoors, the art of not giving everything away, and Boris Johnson's sporting achievements
Thursday 27 September 2012
Big society, Chipping Norton set, app and tablet are just some of the phrases to make it into the latest edition of the Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.
Tuesday 26 June 2012
As Liz Shaw, companion to the third incarnation of Doctor Who, played by Jon Pertwee, Caroline John brought to the programme an intelligence not previously seen in the Time Lord's assistants. On top of tackling action sequences with the usual gusto displayed by them, the scientist could understand the Doctor's techno-babble and he treated her as an equal.
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