Archive for ‘language’

May 2, 2017

Then and Now

by duncanr

2017 BC

2017 AD


April 4, 2017

Apostrophe Vigilante

by duncanr

there’s some right queer folk around!

while some like to go to the theatre, cinema, pub, club, or restaurant of an evening or unwind at home in front of the TV, this guy likes to patrol the streets of Bristol with his ‘apostrophiser’ –

February 17, 2017

The Chaos

by duncanr

Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation,
   I will teach you in my verse
   Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.

I will keep you, Susy, busy,
Make your head with . . .

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January 26, 2017

Learn to Read Chinese – the Easy Way

by duncanr

in this TED talk, ShaoLan makes it look easy-peasy . . .

November 25, 2016

Madhatters Goes Polyglot

by duncanr

polyglot-300x225madhatters has gone International

we’ve taken advantage of a new feature offered by WordPress

there’s a new widget at the top of our right side bar that automatically translates madhatters into any of the languages supported by Google Translate – just click the down arrow, select your language of choice and ‘hey presto’, it’s done

go on, try it – you know you want to !

March 13, 2016

English is easy…

by sticky

2762368_origHere is a little poem to explain the incongruities of the English language to any and all who don’t benefit from having been born into

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July 16, 2014

Word Crimes

by duncanr

I think nobbly might like this one . . .

May 29, 2014

UK vs US English

by duncanr


We spell words differently, e.g., colour vs color
We pronounce words differently, e.g., tomahtoe vs tomaytoe
and we attach different meanings to the same words, e.g., well just click this link to see what I mean – scottishmomus

May 27, 2014

The End is Nigh for Nobbly ?

by duncanr

aw5334tn2200pxSome sad news for Nobbly – madhatters erstwhile proponent and staunch defender of English as it is writ by true-blooded Brits, as opposed to the bastardised spelling favoured by Americans – (and a certain traitorous Scot who lived in Canada for some years 😆 )

A kindred spirit who has fought a long fight to preserve UK spelling thinks the battle has been lost and is considering conceding defeat

April 4, 2014

Regional Accents of Britain and Ireland

by duncanr