The F-Word – Updated

Once upon a time, saying the F-word was considered shocking. Jools Holland was sacked from the BBC for letting it slip out on the Tube, but it seems to have lost its sting. Nowadays we even have a clothing label FCUK (which is meant to stand for French Connection UK – but who are they […]

Welcome to Ukraine

“Welcome to Ukraine! I am a state traffic inspector,” Ukrainian police officers are learning English  in preparation for the Euro 2012 football tournament. According to the interior ministry, free English lessons are being organised for officers in the four Ukrainian cities expected to host matches: Kiev, Lviv, Donetsk and Kharkiv. They are learning to say […]

Jane Austen or William Gifford?

According to Oxford University English professor Kathryn Sutherland, Jane Austen was a poor speller and erratic grammarian who got a big helping hand from her editor  William Gifford. After studying 1,100 handwritten pages of unpublished work from the pen of Jane Austen, the professor concluded that they contradicted the claim by Austen’s brother Henry that […]

A pair of pears

A pair of pears Originally uploaded by waɪ.tiː More homophones here.