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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Lost in Translation IV – Misadventures in English
Oct31

Lost in Translation IV – 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 Guernsey French
Sep12

Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French

Guernsey French is theoretically the mother tongue of our island home, Guernsey. However it is dying out rapidly. So how many of these Guernsey French words do you know (or can guess)? Improve and test your Patois wordpower by matching each of the words below to one of the multiple possible definitions.

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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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Wordsmith – Test your ‘American’
Apr08

Wordsmith – Test your ‘American’

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

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Unusual Animal Collectives
Mar18

Unusual Animal Collectives

You’d be surprised at what the ‘official’ English collective nouns are for groups of animals, we certainly were when we looked into it.

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The Evolution of the English Language
Feb18

The Evolution of the English Language

English is truly the international language of the world. It’s rise to prominence is due in no small part due to the British Empire and now to the all pervading American cultural hegemony. But what about the evolution of the language itself ?

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‘Who dunnit’ – Some Literary Sleuthing (Forensic Stylometry)
Feb04

‘Who dunnit’ – Some Literary Sleuthing (Forensic Stylometry)

In 2013 the Sunday Times ‘outed’ J.K. Rowling as the author of the detective novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, published under her nom de plume Robert Galbraith. They did this partly using a scientific technique called ‘forensic stylometry’. In this article we look at this ‘literary sleuthing’ method

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