I have come across the crazy world of multifunction tableware, strange cutlery or, what US speakers would call, strange flatware (technically cutlery should only be used for knives but UK English has made it the general term for tableware; the US more precisely call spoons and forks flatware). In a previous post I was trying...Read more
In honour of the “tsunami of obesity” that has been identified as drowning the world’s population, this week’s word is doughnut (or donut)!
In medieval times temperament was believed to be a combination of the four humours (sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic, and melancholic) that make up your disposition. Although the science has changed we still use these words and the concepts they were built around to describe our moods. Medieval science in Europe was grounded in ancient Greek science that...Read more
Over the last few years Australians have become more tolerant of the use of gotten. Gotten as the past participle of get, instead of got, is a direct borrow from American English. I am not so sure why after decades of exposure to Hollywood films and American sitcoms we have finally succumbed to gotten. A few...Read more