Christmas is probably the time of year when there is an overwhelming plethora of traditions and practices that we all enthusiastically embrace. In this article we look at one of the most enduring of British traditions … the Christmas Turkey.
There’s one particular Christmas Carol that continues to baffle people – “The Twleve days of Christmas”. What in the world do ‘leaping lords’, ‘French hens’,’swimming-swans’ and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
Today the Christmas Tree is a pretty ubiquitous symbol of the yuletide season. It wasn’t always so. In this article we look at a few historical Christmas Tree factoids.
Christmas is traditionally also known as “Yuletide”. Indeed the lyric from “Deck the Halls” goes “Troll the ancient yuletide carol.” Amidst all the fa-la-la-ing, did you ever ask yourself exactly what yuletide is?
The Christmas tree is a ubiquitous image of the season. Trees were a symbol of life long before Christianity. In this article we look at a very short history of the Christmas tree.
Christmas is a traditionally a time for family fun and games so why not try out this London Underground game. See how many London tube stations you can guess from this cryptic graphic we found on the internet.
Eponyms are one of the most fascinating examples of how the English language gains new words. In this article we take a colourful look at the phenomenon some eponyms like : Chauvinist , Draconoian, Hooligan, John Hancock & Mentor.
Astronauts first moved into the International Space Station in October 2000 and since then they have been supplied with oxygen created by a process discovered by the chemist William Nicholson over 200 years ago : Electrolysis
“In Flanders Fields” is a poem which contains some of the most famous lines ever written about the Great War. In it lies the seeds of why we use the Poppy as the symbol of remembrance.
If you’re a football fan then you’ll be able to relate to the agonies of watching penalty shootouts when used to decide a game. But does a goalie ever stand a chance and what can he do to help himself ?
Did the American’s hi-jack the English language and have applied what seems, on the face of it, some rather arbitary descions to spell various words differently. Why remove the U from words like colour? In this article we look at the rather querky reasons for this.
Britain is a nautical nation. Indeed her Empire was built on the command of the seas. So it’s not surprising that the nautical world has contributed many of it’s specialised terms to the English language, terms we use every day often without knowing their true meaning or origin. In this article we’ve brought together some of those terms to help you ‘navigate’ the world of ‘Nautical Speak’....
In wartime nations are often galvanised into frenzied action to innovate and invent in order to try to gain the upper hand in their struggle for survival. As well as technical innovation the language and grammer of war changes also. In this article we look at some of the terms, still in use today, that owe their origins to this conflict.
You’ve read the book … now eat the recipe !!
The Beautiful Game, complete with even medieval hooligans, is older than you might think.