English language Category

30/01/2019

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400) was a poet, translator and writer in his spare time. This is probably why…

28/01/2019

Johnson’s dictionary

Samuel Johnson (1709-84) grew up in Staffordshire with a bookshop on the ground floor of his home,…

18/01/2019

‘Beowulf’

‘Beowulf’ is the oldest surviving and longest epic poem written in Old English, having 3,182 lines of…

07/01/2019

English words of Indian origin

The Oxford English Dictionary currently includes around one thousand words of Indian origin and the number continues…

05/01/2019

British surnames

In the UK, surnames are passed down the generations and are the last part of a person’s…

18/12/2018

The Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre in London was built by Sam Wanamaker as a replica of the theatre in…

13/12/2018

Nursery rhymes

Traditional nursery rhymes such as ‘Jack and Jill went up the hill’, ‘Three blind mice’, and ‘Mary…

27/11/2018

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens remains one of Britain’s most influential writers, producing Victorian classics such as A Christmas Carol,…

13/11/2018

“Shanks’s pony”

The expression to “go by Shanks’s pony” means to walk. It usually implies that there is no…

24/10/2018

What’s the weather like today?

Weather forecasts in the UK are sometimes wrong, due to the ever-changing nature of the jet streams…

20/10/2018

The CILIP Carnegie medal

“Words are mastered by meeting them, not by avoiding them.” This was Geraldine McCaughrean’s advice to publishers…

19/10/2018

Samuel Pepys’s diary

Samuel Pepys began writing his famous diary every day from lst January 1660 until nine years later,…