Category Archives: english

Topping Diaeresis

I recently finished reading ‘The Luckiest Girl in the School’ by Angela Brazil. I’ve been using the mobipocket e-book reader on my Nokia N95 smartphone. The book is set during the Great War of 1914-1918, and seems to have been written about the same time. I imagine that at the time it may have been […]

Good Guestage

I first heard the word ‘guestage’ on BBC London 94.9 (formerly GLR – Greater London Radio), the BBC’s local radio station for London on the Gideon Coe show. Something like “…we have some excellent guestage coming up this afternoon…”. It’s a fabulous word which just invites you to create lots of new words in a […]


As you may know, the prefix mega- is abbreviated with an upper case ‘M’. So, for example, 5 megabytes can be written as 5MB. A single megabyte is either 1,000,000 or 1,048,576 bytes. From the Wikipedia: In computing, mega- can sometimes denote 1,048,576 (220) of information units (example: a megabyte, a megaword), but can denote […]

Abuse of English

the language, not the people. This is the first of an infrequent series dedicated to rants about abuse of the English language The topic today is the word ‘unique’. Unique means the only one of its type in the world, unlike any other. So it follows that the property of uniqueness is either true or […]