Category Archives: Language and Linguistics
In spite of the wintry weather, my Tulipa turkestanica are in flower. They are always the first tulips of spring in my garden, and clearly have a toughness that belies their size and delicacy. They are remarkably heliotropic: even on … Continue reading
A notable bicentenary in 2013 is that of the birth of David Livingstone. I wrote about Livingstone almost exactly two years ago (without noticing at the time that his birthday was on 16 March). Since then, we have published more … Continue reading
In the last few days, a British government delegation, headed by the Prime Minister, has been in India, talking trade, visas, and, inevitably, the colonial past.
Anyone who has ever worked in book production will know the exquisite agony of opening the first shiny new inspection copy of a work and being hit in the eye by the most blindingly obvious, incredibly stupid and horrifying ostentatious … Continue reading
Advance warning of an interesting-sounding programme on BBC Radio 4 at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday): see the article on the BBC website. We reissued Yule and Burnell’s Hobson-Jobson, Being a Glossary of Anglo-Indian Colloquial Words and Phrases and of Kindred Terms, in 2010 … Continue reading