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Word of the Year 27 December 2017

Both the Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries have recently published their Word of the Year choices. Oxford Dictionaries has gone for youthquake – which it defines as “a significant cultural, political,... more

Politics in Neverland 15 November 2017

Catalonia has been prominent in the news recently – certainly in Europe, but probably also in various other parts of the world as well. All because the Catalan Parlament decided to pass a formal unilateral... more

Multi-pluri-inter-ism 9 August 2017

.I lay claim to the coinage of the above new word. OED, please take note. OK, it’s not a particular elegant or beautiful word, but I reckon it will prove to be useful. Let me explain... more

Somewheres & Anywheres 29 April 2017

Is it time to change the IB’s name? The ‘International Baccalaureate’ was an effective title when the IB was dreamed up in the late 1960s, but arguably the IB has evolved and times have changed.... more

1984 revisited (again) 29 January 2017

.Orwell may have been ahead of his time in envisaging the 'telescreen', but the idea of the internet, indeed, of modern communications technology in general, seems to have been outside his wildest imaginings.... more

1984 revisited 29 January 2017

.According to various news media, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have soared amazingly (see the Guardian’s report). This coincides with the first week of the Trump Presidency. The connection appears... more

Post-truth 17 November 2016

.The Oxford English Dictionary has just declared 'post-truth' to be the Word of the Year 2016. This responds to the trending concept that we live in a post-truth culture, which especially means post-truth... more

Trickledown & horseshit 1 October 2016

.Images are fascinating things to play with in the gymnasium of the imagination ... but images are only really worth the effort if they mean something, so we need to assess how images play out in relation... more

Launching the qBank 28 June 2016

.I have been working very hard for the past four months or so, writing grammar exercises for the qBank. The what? I hear you say. Right ... the qBank feature is a data-base of question items for exercising... more

Brexit 24 June 2016

.I won't attempt to express all the thoughts that have gone through my head in the last 36 hours or so, therapeutic as that would be. But given that the UK's decision - or do I mean 'decision' (sic) -... more