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Oh how we’d love to wax lexicographical on some lighter fare on this week’s Word Watch. Like the Maori-monikered kereru, a pigeon that gets drunk on fruit and won New Zealand’s Bird of the Year. Or the Bagel emoji, which Apple schmeared some cream cheese on after backlash from New Yorkers. Or Tardis, Doctor Who’s […]more
Are you ‘trawling through’ or ‘trolling through’ that online archive? Did you have a successful ‘trawl’ or ‘troll’ of that dictionary? It’s easy to understand why these words are often confused: not only do they sound similar (trOHl and trAWl), but both are loose synonyms for search. Trawl typically means to ‘sift through as part […]more
Legal English is not just for the legally-minded. It can be arcane, yes, but it’s certainly not irrelevant – whether we’re agreeing a mortgage, reading about changes to the law, or (tut, tut) standing as a defendant in a trial, legal language is not something we can easily ignore. But it is still arcane – […]more