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Fool ‘Ish’ Ways
I can’t claim that ish is new. In fact, ish has been in the English language since before there was an English language.
Peek, peak or pique?
Since all three words sound the same and all work both as nouns and verbs, it is perhaps inevitable that people sometimes muddle them up.
Keeping a Vocabulary Notebook
Dublin’s Atlas Language School has produced a guide to vocabulary self study. It’s on pdf so you can download it.
Words, books, dictionaries and language
Women and men face double-standards. That this should show up in the language is no surprise.
Why is the UK still printing its laws on vellum?
Over time, ordinary paper can deteriorate rapidly, while vellum is said to retain its integrity for much longer. Original copies of the Magna Carta, signed more than 800 years ago on vellum, still exist.
Test your knowledge of UK and Irish accents with this quiz.