Origins of Some English Eponyms : Chauvinist , Draconoian, Hooligan, John Hancock & Mentor
Nov27

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Chauvinist , Draconoian, Hooligan, John Hancock & Mentor

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.

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When did the US start dropping the U from words such as colour?
Oct20

When did the US start dropping the U from words such as colour?

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.

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Ahoy there … 9 Fascinating Nautical Terms
Oct16

Ahoy there … 9 Fascinating Nautical Terms

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’....

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Lost in Translation V – Misadventures in English
Oct02

Lost in Translation V – Misadventures in English

English is the global language of communication which means that when it collides with local languages it can have hilarious results. Here we’ve gathered together the results of some of the planets finest misadventures in English.

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Wordsmith – Test your ‘Southern American’
Aug07

Wordsmith – Test your ‘Southern American’

Improve and test your wordpower. How many of these (Southern) American-English words do you know?

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The Languages (& Translations) of the Bible – Linguistic Conundrums
Jul28

The Languages (& Translations) of the Bible – Linguistic Conundrums

Much of the Christian Bible was written in Greek so why don’t we read the Bible in Greek? How many languages has it been translated into? and Why does it matter? It turns out that the answer to the last question is very important indeed when you study the linguistic differences, subtle nuances and context in which writtings can appear within a passage of scripture.

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How To Talk To Fish
Jul17

How To Talk To Fish

If you have the opportunity to speak with any fish, I suggest you don’t choose herring. Herring communicate by shooting a burst of bubbles out of their anus. In this article we look at Fish Communications.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms IV
Jul03

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms IV

“Mumbo Jumbo”, “Going great guns”, “going to the dogs” – The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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Resurrecting a language – Hebrew’s remarkable story
Jun23

Resurrecting a language – Hebrew’s remarkable story

Various new languages have been invented from time to time and you may even have heard of a few of them such as Klingon and Esperanto. However very few ‘dead’ or ancient languages have ever been revived on a national and international level. Hebrew is one of them. Another remarkable fact surrounding this is that it was all down to the work of one man.

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More Old Guernsey Proverbs and Sayings
Jun19

More 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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Who Invented the Crossword?
May26

Who Invented the Crossword?

Who Invented the Crossword?

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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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Americana – 7  Wacky Words Born in The USA
Jan09

Americana – 7 Wacky Words Born in The USA

The U.S. may have won independence from Britain, but the English can gloat that Americans still speak a language named after them. American English, however, has spawned more than a few wacky words In this article we’ve brought together some of the more unusual terms.

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Geek Speak – 8 Terms to Help You Navigate the World of ‘Techno Speak’
Nov25

Geek Speak – 8 Terms to Help You Navigate the World of ‘Techno Speak’

Our lives today are inextricably linked to the world of Technology.The English language is constantly evolving and creating new terms to describe and keep up with the technology. It can be quite baffling at times so in this article we’ve brought together some of those terms to help you navigate the world of ‘Techno Speak’.

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Wordsmith – Test your wordpower
Nov21

Wordsmith – Test your wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower against a list of rather unusual english words.

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