Chaucer – Medieval Master Wordsmith
May22

Chaucer – Medieval Master Wordsmith

English is a very rich languange indeed and is possibly the greatest gift that Britain has bestowed to the world. In this article we look at one of the oldest masters of them all Geoffrey chaucer, often described as the father of English literature.

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The Book of Ebenezer Le Page – Quintessential Guernsey eh !
Mar27

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page – Quintessential Guernsey eh !

If you’ve ever stumbled across ‘The Book of Ebenezer Le Page’ (by G.B. Edwards, first published in 1981) and wondered if it’s worth the read – well, here is Guernsey Donkey’s humble opinion on the matter … read on

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Old Guernsey Proverbs and Sayings
Aug01

Old Guernsey Proverbs and Sayings

We’ve gathered together here some of the old Guernésiais proverbs and sayings that time seems to have forgotten.

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Eleven Punctuation Marks you (probably) never knew existed
May16

Eleven Punctuation Marks you (probably) never knew existed

If you thought that you had a handle on all the punctuation marks in the English language then you might need to think again. In this article we look at some of the largely forgotten and esoteric punctuation symbols and characters that are technically still part of the English lexicon.

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Les Misérables – The Guernsey Connection
Jan24

Les Misérables – The Guernsey Connection

Les Miserables. based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, is the world’s longest running musical, now in its 28th year. The film adaptation of the stage show has brought this timeless story to a new audience. Although set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Victor Hugo finished writing his epic tale in Guernsey, an island he loved and upon which he has left an indelible mark. Although raised as a Royalist....

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The Language of Shakespeare – Modern Terms Coined by the Bard
Jan07

The Language of Shakespeare – Modern Terms Coined by the Bard

We really do speak the language of Shakespeare today. You will be amazed at the expressions and words that we commonly use and are attributed to the great bard himself.

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Nursery Rhymes – Origins & History III
Dec27

Nursery Rhymes – Origins & History III

Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself : Three Blind Mice; Mary Mary Quite Contrary; Pease-pudding Hot; Little Miss Muffet; Little Jack Horner

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“Punctuation Marks Save Lives” – When Was Punctuation First Used in Language?
Oct08

“Punctuation Marks Save Lives” – When Was Punctuation First Used in Language?

Punctuation really does add more meaning to the written word than we often give these little characters credit for. But when was punctuation first used in any language ?

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The Origin of Writing
Aug30

The Origin of Writing

Writing – The invention that enabled science and knowledge to flourish. However it seems that is wasn’t invented for prose or love poems or literature but for the more mundane and prosaic task of taxation and bookkeeping.

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Did English used to have gendered nouns? … Yes!
Jul19

Did English used to have gendered nouns? … Yes!

In Romance languages (and many others), nouns have a gender. English today doesn’t but it wasn’t always so. In this article we look at how this situation came about.

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Unlocking the Secret of Egyptian Heiroglyphs – The Rosetta Stone
Jul02

Unlocking the Secret of Egyptian Heiroglyphs – The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta stone is one of the most valuable artefacts ever to have been found by archaeologists. It literally unlocked the secrets of the Ancient Egyptians. Up until its discovery their rich language, culture and beliefs were a complete mystery and one could only marvel at their accomplishments in art & architecture in a kind of mute awe.

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Who invented the comma ?
Jun07

Who invented the comma ?

Such a small thing, as symbols go, but it can make all the difference in meaning and understanding when used in a sentence. But wher did it come from ?

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IF….. by Rudyard Kipling
Oct05

IF….. by Rudyard Kipling

IF….. by Rudyard Kipling

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Milligan Magic
Aug21

Milligan Magic

As well as being king of surreal comedy Spike Milligan was an accomplished poet … so here’s some humorous poetry from the master of mirth … Mr Spike Milligan.

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Where did upper and lower case letters come from?
Jul17

Where did upper and lower case letters come from?

Capitalization rules tend to vary by language and can be quite complicated, but how did we get the mixture we have today in the English language?

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