The accent’s on getting it right

Really enjoyed the Reader’s Editor column in Monday’s Guardian about accents on foreign words. As a linguist, writer and sub, this ticks so many boxes – the difficulty, but the importance of making sure that the correct accents are placed on foreign words. The shout that often comes up, when writers, subs etc miss the odd grave, tilde or umlaut, […]

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The things you learn in school

The Olympics reminded me of some long-forgotten nugget of totally useless trivia that I learned while studying for my A Level in Contemporary History. My teacher for World History 1945- the present day was Robert Swann – a bearded chap who was obscenely intelligent. His knowledge was quite remarkable and he’d wander into the lesson without any notes and just […]

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