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29 October 2016

From "Brexit" to "hexit": my Hallowe'en gift to the English language

Neologisms are new words, those created where none suitable to a particular situation exists in English. Anyone can do it. This was mine this morning (and why):

Looking at a particularly elegant couple standing near the bus-stop as I walked over the road to get the hallal chicken to put in my cauldron for the sacred feast, it occurred to me that if "Brexit" has now become the word for "going out with a bang", perhaps "hexit" should be the word for "going out with a witch."

This is my small contribution to the celebration of Hallowe'en this year.

07 October 2016

The subtle art of English humour

Any Russian who wants to understand what тонкий английский юмор is all about has TOTALLY, TOTALLY, TOTALLY got to listen to this documentary programme, possibly the funniest I have ever heard, about the Portsmouth Sinfonia, which was known in the 1970s as "the world's worst orchestra"....

05 October 2016

Donald Trump, Harry Truman and the right way to talk about history

This is how history ought to be described. At the same time, in the early part, the speaker describes Harry Truman as an early version of Donald Trump, only less respectable. Well worth listening to in the current context - but above all: this is how the stories should be told (click on picture to be redirected to the lecture):

David Pietrusza recounts the presidential campaign and election of 1948 that pitted Democratic President Harry Truman against Republican challenger Governor Thomas Dewey.