To mark the centenary of the end of WW1, Portsmouth City Council has been putting up signs in hundreds of the city’s roads listing those who lived there and died during the war. Just such a sign has now appeared in my road, with the names of seven men who died serving their country. Somehow,… Continue reading Remembrance
I have recently started learning British Sign Language (BSL), and what a wonderful language it is! Spoken English seems to actively delight in confusing its users (see, for example, my previous post on plurals, where so-called ‘regular’ forms are often anything but). With BSL, by contrast, it is generally (although, admittedly, not always) instantly clear… Continue reading Sign time
It’s now been nearly a month since I decided to become officially self-employed, and I have learnt a lot quite quickly. I have been spending a lot of time on the website Freelancer, which aims to connect freelancers in various fields with people who have projects that need doing. One important thing I have learnt… Continue reading Can write, won’t write (that)
She woke me up again this morning, so early it was really still late at night. She is surprisingly heavy-footed for such a small child as she runs backwards and forwards above my head, trailing giggles. On a good day, that’s all she does, run and giggle, and I can pretend to myself that that’s… Continue reading Untitled, by anonymous
How do you make a word into a plural in English? Plurals are categorised as either regular – i.e. they follow an agreed set of rules – or irregular – i.e. go their own way. This being English, though, even regular plurals aren’t always that regular! Regular plurals By far the most common way to… Continue reading A plurality of plurals
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!