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When you hate something, say it

May 31, 2011

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LOATH or LOATHE? MANY PEOPLE ARE IN CONFUSION with these two words — even well-educated native English speakers are fallen. Usually the problem is the use of one where the other is more appropriate. loath (adj) ‘Loath’ is a rather formal adjective meaning ‘unwilling’ or ‘reluctant’ to do something. It is usually followed by ‘to’ (as […]

The Rube Goldberg machine of language

October 26, 2010


Someone rather famous once said that we have to be pointed out the simple stuff that is easily seen, recognised or understood just to get by, let alone more complex things like The Truth: “… we have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” […]

Picking tenses

September 2, 2010


English tenses are not for picking on a whim. You just can't pick and use any ole' tense to use just because you're too much of a dumbferk to realise you're doin' it wrong.