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Parliamentary prose – the language of leadership

"In this, the most peculiar and extraordinary of political times, the language that is used is incredibly important.” Anna Soubry, leader of the Independent Group for Change. We were surprised by the...

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The right words can… save lives

The headline news in recent weeks that a worrying number of women in the UK are not attending their smear tests for cervical cancer got me thinking about the importance of...

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Eggcorns and other cute things children say

Big brothers and sisters around the world couldn’t be more thankful for eggcorns. What a great excuse to take the mick out of the little one for getting something wrong. If...

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The idiot’s (illustrated) guide to idioms

From ‘Bob’s your Uncle’ to ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’, we hear idioms on a regular basis but it’s surprising how little we actually know about their origins. Some idioms...

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Grammar vigilantes – annoying pedantry or an important public service?

Making the streets safe for pedants everywhere… Earlier this month, BBC 4 featured an interview with Bristol’s self-styled “grammar vigilante”, who makes a hobby of correcting street signs and shop fronts...

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Misused, abused and overused words – are you a culprit?

On average, men speak 7,000 words a days and women speak a remarkable 20,000 a day[1]. Not only do these stats confirm the common belief that women are the chatterboxes...

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