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?
No, not that sort of colourful language. (Although – did you know that random typographical symbols to indicate swearing without actually swearing has a name? It’s called a ‘grawlix’. Thanks to the estimable (and entertainingly foul-mouthed) Strong Language blog for that little gem.) This is more of an annex to my two-part post on the… Continue reading Colourful language
A few weeks ago I read an article about the origins of English county names. It’s an interesting, well-written article and definitely worth a read, except for one little statement towards the end: “There’s also the Isle of Wight, at one time a part of Hampshire, but today a proud and independent county whose name… Continue reading Guess I’m all Wight…