The ‘-ize’ have it

The ‘-ize’ have it

Many British English speakers disapprove of spellings such as ‘criticize’ or ‘modernize’, as if the letter ‘z’ were some devilish American plot designed to ruin ‘traditional’ English spelling forever. Yet if these same...
(In parenthesis)

(In parenthesis)

The term ‘parenthesis’ (or ‘parentheses’ in the plural) is commonly used as an alternative term for ‘brackets’. In fact, parenthesis is the explanatory or additional wording that goes inside the brackets. And this information can be...
Words, words, words

Words, words, words

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a character who spends time playing with words rather than getting on with the task in hand – avenging his father’s murder. Well, that’s the traditional view. After all, he’s usually shown clutching the famous skull, musing about...