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Things we think we know

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Wednesday, 26 February 2020
There are some words or phrases in English that everybody both knows the meaning of and how they came about. However, while we may know the meaning, being correct about the true origin is quite a different matter.Here are a few examples:Posh – rich, well-off, upper class, exclusive, smart.The story ...

Time to Give the ‘Mrs’ a miss?

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 23 February 2020
What is the appropriate honorific for a woman? Mrs? Miss? Ms? Mx? None at all?The debate is not a twenty-first century phenomenon. It has been going on since the end of the nineteenth century at least. According to the academic, Amy Erickson, ‘Ms’ was suggested as a suitable equivalent to ‘Mr’ in 19...

Cut the crackle.

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Wednesday, 19 February 2020
I recently went to an NT Live screening where drinks were allowed into the auditorium. It shouldn’t have been a problem; someone quietly sipping from a plastic glass, and perhaps successfully stifling a niggling cough in the process – what’s in that to disapprove of? But even such a minor food relat...

You Are What You Say.

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 16 February 2020
Did you know that you can identify where a new-born baby comes from by the sound of its cries? So says Jane Setter in Your Voice Speaks Volumes. Not that we should be surprised by this as farmers reckon they can tell where cows come from by the way they moo. And sheep by their baas for that matter. ...

As Easy As ABC.

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Wednesday, 12 February 2020
We tend to think the alphabet has been around forever. We tend to think its application is universal. In fact we are wrong on both counts.The alphabet as we know it (20 plus symbols representing sounds) has been in existence for about 4,000 years. It emerged first in Egypt, where before that thousan...

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