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To aitch or not to aitch: the case of herb
The word in English from the Middle Ages was generally spelled (or spelt, if you prefer) erbe, from the Old French erbe–but sometimes it was spelled with an h, after the Latin herba.
An aitch or a haitch? Let’s ’ear it.
The oddly named letter H is usually pronounced “aitch” in British English, but in Ireland we tend to aspirate it as “haitch”.
This EFL lesson plan by Kieran Donaghy is designed around a stunning time-lapse short film about Barcelona by Rob Whitworth and the theme of sightseeing. Enjoy.
Books, science, dictionaries, words and language
How Cortana got its name
A lower-case cortana—sometimes spelled curtana—is a type of sword with a blunted or broken end, also known as a “sword of mercy.”
Comic Sans comes of age on the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald
And causes a bit of a kerfuffle in the process.
Gwynne’s Grammar: an unbelievably positive review
I haven’t actually read most of the book, as its first chapter is all I need to judge its extraordinary quality.
44 Medieval Beasts That Cannot Even Handle It Right Now
This basilisk just can’t with these snakes. Made me chuckle, snigger and even LOL. Warning: contains swear words.