Author Archive

  • Stories behind Words: blagrant

    Posted by on May 15, 2013

    My father, who was an exuberant talker and storyteller, used to conflate words, creating inadvertent coinages on the fly in the middle of a conversation or anecdote. He tended not to notice that he’d done it, but my brothers and I, and Mum, would pounce on them with glee. One time he mentioned someone’s razier-like […]

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  • Acting up – and down

    Posted by on October 27, 2011

    Following on from Ben Trawick-Smith’s post earlier in the week, freelance author and lexicographer Andrew Delahunty continues the discussion of the sublanguage of theatre. ____________ I’m a member of an amateur theatre group. Drama is, of course, all about language, the words of the play. But there is also a particular variety of language used […]

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  • A bad day at the office

    Posted by on March 07, 2011

    Following Stan Carey’s introduction, sporting English month continues with a guest post by Andrew Delahunty, a freelance author and lexicographer. Among Andrew’s many books is Talking Balls: Getting to grips with the language of sport, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. _________ It is difficult to explain what happened. It was a bad day at the […]

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  • Poacher turned gamewinner

    Posted by on June 29, 2010

    England’s World Cup is over, following the team’s 4-1 defeat by Germany last Sunday. According to one online report of the match, ‘The first goal was a tribute to striker Miroslav Klose’s strength and poaching skills.’ Only a few days earlier, England fans had been celebrating a 1-0 victory over Slovenia. The scorer, with a […]

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  • Too clever by half time

    Posted by on June 15, 2010

    June is not just about South African English. It’s a little bit about football too. In his guest post, Andrew Delahunty, a freelance author and lexicographer, discusses football lingo. Among Andrew’s many books is Talking Balls: Getting to grips with the language of sport published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. ________ At last, the 2010 World […]

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