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
Long time no post! Many apologies for the lack of recent posts – life has rather got in the way, as it does sometimes, and poor Red Tabby Words has had to take a back seat and just wait for a while! In the interim, though, things have been happening – I now have a… Continue reading Apologies and updates
Isn’t the English spelling system a wonderful thing? It’s so regular and predictable: who could look at words like knight, house, flour, debt or colonel and not know instantly how they are pronounced? My apologies for the sarcasm, but the English language really is a deeply confusing and frustrating thing. There are languages where spelling… Continue reading The ‘joys’ of English spelling
Originally posted on Ida Auclond:
Repetitions can take different shapes: multiple occurrences of the same word, synonyms, pleonasms, redundancies. When used wisely, repetitions can be an interesting stylistic device. When used unwisely, they can severely harm the elegance of your text. The easiest repetitions to spot are the multiple occurrences of the same word (or…