Over the past few months of unemployment I have had the chance to rediscover my old mild obsession with the computer game SimCity. There is something quietly satisfying about watching thousands of tiny, virtual people working, playing, and generally living their best lives, at least until zombies devour them or giant lizards tread on them.… Continue reading Fire! (Or more pointless grammatical pedantry)
Doing something new, like starting your own business, is intimidating enough for anyone. If you suffer from mental health problems, though, it can quite literally be a nightmare. After posting yesterday that I needed to register with HMRC and the ICO, I spent last night having recurrent anxiety dreams about opening web pages only to… Continue reading Panic!
As you may have noticed, I’ve been noticeably absent since my last post about my struggle with depression. While I’ve been away: After being signed off sick from work for a number of months, at the end of August I took voluntary severance from my employer so am now, as you may note from the… Continue reading Hey look, a logo!
Once upon a time, not very long ago (although it seems much longer), I started my own business, Red Tabby Words. I acquired a logo and a website, started a blog that gained a few followers, and lined up my first couple of jobs. Then… nothing. So what happened? The answer is that RTW had… Continue reading The Black Dog and the Red Cat
Well, that’s that for another year. In the (current) absence of rain, I’ll wrap up with the tennis majors etymology I promised. Grand Slam As tennis fans will be well aware, the four major tournaments of the tennis season are the Australian Open, Roland Garros (the French Open), Wimbledon, and the US Open, together known… Continue reading Grand slam time
With the weather forecast promising the imminent start of that perennial favourite British summer pastime, watching rain fall at Wimbledon, let’s do some tennis etymology, shall we? Tennis The obvious starting point is actually a slightly tricky one: the most likely derivation is that it comes from the Medieval French te’netz, meaning receive, a call… Continue reading Anyone for sphairistike?
The English language is a confusing thing, with words that are spelt the same – or very similarly) but have different meanings, words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings, and words that are very similar but have totally different meanings. Getting the wrong one can alter the meaning of your sentence: this… Continue reading Commonly confused words