English language Category

13/03/2020

T.S. Eliot

T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965) is hailed as the 20th century’s most influential poet, recognised in the…

18/02/2020

Whatsits and thingies

With an estimated million or more words in the English language now, you would think that no-one…

24/01/2020

Before Old English

There were probably two related Indo-European tongues with Semitic layers in Britain before Old English. One was…

06/01/2020

‘Sorry!’

Elton John sang ‘Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word’ (1976), but this is simply not applicable…

20/12/2019

‘To be, or not to be’

Shakespeare’s play, ‘The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’ (c.1602) is one in which almost everyone is…

05/12/2019

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing (1919-2013) had an eventful life and drew on her multi-faceted experiences to write about women…

16/11/2019

Language of the court

The language of the court is that which is spoken by the aristocracy. It is deemed to…

26/10/2019

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien, CBE (1892-1973), was the author of the epic fantasy trilogy ‘The Lord of the Rings’…

05/10/2019

Robert Browning

Robert Browning (1812-89) spent much of his life financially supported by family while he pursued his desire…

15/09/2019

The Great Vowel Shift

The Great Vowel Shift (GVS) is the reason we may find Old and Middle English difficult to…

13/08/2019

Enid Blyton

Enid Mary Blyton (1897-1968), born in London, was our most-loved and prolific author of children’s literature. Emerging…

04/08/2019

Bertrand Russell

For a man who excelled in, adored and taught mathematics, it was an amazing recognition of his…