The Anonymous Widower

Word Of The Day

The Times today has a picture on page 4 of what they describe as a coalition of cheetahs.

Now there’s a word!

April 2, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

You Can Always Rely On Boris For a Good Quote

This article in The Guardian has this quote from Boris Johnson.

Vote Tory and get broadband. Vote Ukip and get Miliband!

Is there another UK politician, who is as good with words as Boris?

April 1, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

Should UKIP Supporters Be Called Kippers?

Matt Ridley has an opinion in The Times entitled Spare me the selfishness of the eco-toffs. It is well worth reading, He says this at one point after looking at the profiles of green and UKIP supporters.

In Downton Abbey terms, Greens are a lady upstairs in the dining room; kippers are a footman downstairs in the servants’ hall.

Does this mean you have to be kippered to vote for UKIP?

Whatever it is, it’s a good choice of a word.

It should help Farage with his choice of neckware!

November 3, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

Why Are Polling Stations Called Polling Places In Scotland?

As I watch the BBC News, I have noticed that polling stations, seem to be called polling places in Scotland.

It’s just like with what you call bus stands!

September 18, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

Child Wins European 400m Hurdles Gold

This headline appears on the BBC web site. Surely a child would find it difficult to jump the hurdles.

But of course the article refers to the Scottish athlete, Eilidh Child.

Headline writers should be more careful.

August 16, 2014 Posted by | Sport | , | Leave a comment

Stance Or Stand?

I was surprised at the use of stance for where I would use stand at Buchanan Street bus station.

Stance Or Stand?

Stance Or Stand?

I’ve always felt that signs like these need an International or European standard.

London rarely makes any difference between an ordinary bus stop or a stand, where they wait before perhaps returning along the route. Londoners probably call every one a bus stop, but then they’ve had the same sign all my life.

July 28, 2014 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | 1 Comment

Crass Commentary From ITV

When France scored their third goal against Switzerland, the ITV commentator said this.

Not for the first time, there really is a mountain between France and Switzerland.

That really is one of the most crass statements heard in a football commentary.

June 20, 2014 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Letter In The Times On Widowhood

On Friday in The Times, I had a letter published entitled The Widowed.

Sir, As a widower (letter, May 20), I feel that modern life may be making the word redundant.
Widowhood is no respecter of gender or sexual orientation, and all widowed are in the same possibly dark and unhappy place; so should we not just use the female form of the word?

After all lots of other words like actor, doctor and other professions are becoming applicable to all.

I wonder if there’s a language, where widower and widow are the same.

On a brief look using Google Translate, it would appear that in Finnish, Turkish and Welsh, the word is the same for both sexes.


May 27, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Mary Whitehouse Would Have Been Pleased

According to this story, Russian media and the arts will become a swearword free zone.

Putin really is trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube and go back to a state where thoughts and dissent in any form is illegal.

May 6, 2014 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

A Patient Sub Editor Uses His Word

I wonder how many years one of the sub editors in The Times has waited to use the word murmuration!

But today it was used under a picture as the correct term for a flock of starlings. There’s a lot more here.

January 21, 2014 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment


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