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ISIHAC

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Anyone who listens to I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, the long-running ‘antidote to panel games’ on Radio Four, will be familiar with the Word Definitions game. Pick a word, and offer an alternative, punning, definition of it. For example, Platypus: to give your cat pigtails. My brother, James Foley, who’s a big fan of […]
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Free range children

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I was fascinated to see this sign in a rural part of Co. Cavan in Ireland. What kind of children were these? Were they feral perhaps? I’ve since discovered that it’s not uncommon to come across a sign like this in an area where children might be playing ‘and running loose’. We associate the term […]
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Interrobang

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On an episode of Christmas University Challenge 2018, a few questions came up on the subject of punctuation. Naturally, my ears pricked up. What is an ‘interrobang’? I’d never heard of this before. An online investigation led to an explanation in The Economist (2014) which said it refers to the use of a question mark […]
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Have you eaten Grandma

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‘Have You Eaten Grandma? Or, the Life-Saving Importance of Correct Punctuation, Grammar and Good English’ received a good review from Steven Poole in the Guardian (October 2018). It is written by Gyles Brandreth, former Conservative MP, who is probably best known for his penchant for colourful knitwear. As well as being useful, it sounds like […]
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