Fire! (Or more pointless grammatical pedantry)

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)

Commonly confused words

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

The ‘joys’ of English spelling

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