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Today, as you may already know, is St George’s Day. And this is a special day for all red-blooded Englishmen, because St George was a Greek man from Palestine, who became a Roman soldier in the third century, hundreds of years ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 18th, 2013
From “by hook or by crook” to “going Dutch,” here are six charming expressions that have morally dubious origins.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on March 8th, 2013
Most words work just fine in both everyday speech and written on the page/screen. There are a few spelling problems here and there, especially over proper nouns like Leicester, Worcester, or those crazy words like through and cough, ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on March 7th, 2013
The temptation to present the following information as a chart rundown is almost overwhelming. However, calmer heads must prevail, especially as my references are all Alan “Fluff” Freeman and yours are more Casey Casem.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on February 27th, 2013
Sometimes, in order to write about something, you have to go on a little voyage of discovery. So, having decided to research some words that are so common to British English it would hard to summon them without a reference point, but ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on February 14th, 2013
Language is a liquid constant. Its only job is to communicate and, really, so long as it does this reasonably efficaciously, none of us have any reason to complain about the rights and wrongs of other people’s communication.
Some of you will have been reading Anglophenia for quite a while, absorbing huge chunks of British culture and possibly even dreaming of one day passing for a fully-fledge Limey.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on November 20th, 2012
Let’s start with the nicest possible way to go from being in gainful employment to not being in gainful employment, when your job ceases to exist. It’s nothing you’ve done wrong, it’s merely that the company ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on October 25th, 2012
Blag A little item of criminal slang that has found its way into common use. To blag something is to get it for free, possibly without deserving to.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on October 22nd, 2012
In a forgotten corner of England’s green and (mostly) pleasant land — sure as the sun rises over the cricket pitch and the flies buzz around the damp thatch atop the old Post Office — some retired Colonel in the home ...