The basics of style

English is more than one language. Apart from U.K. (Queen’s) English, there’s obviously U.S. English. But where did it all start? Because the UK has been invaded countless times over the centuries, its language is an amalgam of many tongues. The Roman occupation some 2,000 years ago lasted 400 years, so much of our vocabulary […]

Pedantry and Prepositions

In our rush to write perfect English, we should perhaps pause for a moment and consider the importance of style. Whilst some words and phrases are quite clearly wrong, there are occasions when style can legitimately overrule supposedly correct sentence structure. Just because a sentence disobeys one or more rules, it is not necessarily badly […]