This Top 10, in The Independent on Sunday magazine, was always going to be hard to keep to just 10. Sure enough, I have received many representations on behalf of books that people thought should have been in the list.
Lots of people thought Anthony Burgess ought to have been in it. You know, the silly [...]
I have a Top 10 Words That Used to Mean the Opposite in The Independent on Sunday magazine, The New Review, today. Too late for inclusion, Alison Graham pointed out that “oversight” has two, almost opposite, meanings, and my friend Francis Wheen (pictured) wrote to offer a word that deserves a blog post all of [...]
Following on from a piece in the Independent on Sunday, John Rentoul offers us some more tautologies
John Rentoul offers some extra Spoonerisms you may have missed…
My Top 10 in The New Review, the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, today is of words with surprising origins.
One word for my Top 10 Unexpected Etymologies, in the Independent on Sunday magazine, forthcoming, did not make the selection because the explanation is too long. But it is so good it is worth a blog post of its own.
Chris Sladen alerted me to the origin of the word “laconic”. It refers to the characteristic [...]
My Top Ten in the New Review, the Independent on Sunday magazine, yesterday was Party Conference Speeches. Margot James, the Conservative MP, liked the list but wanted YouTube links. I’ve found seven of them.
1. Hugh Gaitskell, 1960 “There are some of us who will fight, and fight, and fight again, to save the party we [...]
I have a Top 10 Sayings of Douglas Adams in The Independent on Sunday today.
I cheated again in my Top 10 in The Independent on Sunday, squeezing 11 absurd car names into my list by including an extra one in the introduction.
I thought the three stupidest were the Qashqai (as Joe Crowley said, it sounds like “cash cow” in a Northern Irish accent), the Bongo Friendee and the Twingo.
My “Top 10″ in The Independent on Sunday this week was Unsung Villains – people in history who have not had as bad a press as they deserve. The idea was suggested by Tom Doran, who also nominated Erich von Ludendorff, possibly the best on the list.
It was only after it appeared that I realised that [...]
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