The humble rasher…..

This morning, as I incinerated my breakfast, I was reminded of the etymology of the word rasher, as in a rasher of bacon. There are two theories on the subject. The first rather tedious one is that it’s cognate with razor and therefore means a thin strip that has been …

Die Hard ?……

I was going to write about pizzas but I have been distracted by a film on television, Die Hard . It made me think that it is a sad fact, but true, that a small minority of people can watch Arnold Schwarzenegger (or whoever it happens to be) shooting somebody …

Texting and bunga bunga….

I was in the process of sending an encouraging text message to a former student today. I was going to write “Hope everything goes well.” I never abbreviate. I typed hope, then my thumb hovered for a second over the 3def key, but everything is an awfully long word. In …

Jedward and Jedwood

You may be aware of a boy-band called Jedward who appear to be famous for having matching silly haircuts and it appears very little else. There is also an old practice called Jedwood justice which means, according to the O.E.D means: “Putting someone to death and trying them afterwards.” It …