I did the Top 10 Misused Fables in The New Review, the Independent on Sunday magazine, yesterday. The previous week’s Top 10, Palindromes, is not online – too much going on in the central processing unit over Christmas, I expect. I liked them, so I post them here.
If ask for palindromes I don’t get just palindromes. I [...]
The fabulous misquotation by The New York Times on the day of Lady Thatcher’s death, “Turn if you like; the lady’s not for turning,” suggests another subject for a Top 10. As I argued the other day, what Mrs Thatcher actually said
was one of the best-crafted word plays in modern English speech-writing, transforming the familiar phrase “U-turn” [...]
I like lists. You may have noticed. This blog is the home of the Banned List (now more than 750 words or phrases) and the list of Questions To Which The Answer Is No (now up to number 930, although it did start at number 94). I have done a few shorter lists over the years. I [...]
Talk of dividing the nation. What we need now is more lists.
I noted on Twitter that the New Zealand parliament had broken into song after voting for same-sex marriage. Tom Doran asked what the House of Commons could sing when the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is passed. Rich Greenhill offered “All You Need Is Love”, [...]
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