We Don’t Hear You!

This sentence is one any English teacher working online has possibly heard quite often recently. Or, more likely, We don’t listen you!

Of course, We don’t listen you is clearly not the correct sentence to use if your teacher’s been rendered momentarily inaudible. But what about We don’t hear you!? To a native speaker, that’s clearly not correct either. But why? Continue reading

Socket to Me

1. “There’s a plug under your table. Yeah, just there, yeah!”

2. “Sorry, is there a plug beside you there?”

    “Yeah.”

I heard both of these utterances at the weekend: the first in a pub on Saturday, and the second on a bus on Sunday. Nothing strange about that, except for one thing: in both cases the people were lying!!! Continue reading

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

If you want peace, prepare for war.

An ancient, but enduring adage, first found in the 5th century De re militari (Concerning Military Matters) by the Latin writer Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus.

I was thinking about this phrase recently, inspired by the subtitle of the latest John Wick filmParabellum. Continue reading

Night Then!

Oh, hi there!

I’ve been taking a bit of a break, to recharge my batteries. But I’m nicely refreshed now!

The other day, I saw a tweet which pointed out the resemblances between the words for night and eight in various European languages. They’re obviously only one letter apart in English, and there’s a similar… similarity between the words in other languages: Continue reading