Friday, 23 March 2012


Leverage loses credit We already had the verb to lever (pronounced with a long ee) so why do we have to accept making another verb from the noun leverage? Especially as it was used mainly by incompetent bankers etc? Perhaps this absurd back formation will now lose credit and currency.

Thursday, 15 March 2012


Transparency's a good thing in windows but when figures are described as requiring transparency it must mean you can't see them. We already see through the banking misdemeanors and that's without transparency.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Heavy load

Athletics commentators have a special language when it comes to running. We frequently hear that competitors have rivals on their shoulders - tough isn't it?

Sitting in midfield

Confusion reigned when our grandson was told by his football coach to 'sit in midfiled'- the game came to a standstill as 11 5 year-olds sat down on the pitch. What could it mean?

Delivering Promises

You can deliver a parcel, or even a baby but can you deliver, say, promises, or education as if they come in boxes?

Friday, 2 March 2012

Resistible Offer

Seen outside a Norwich corner shop: Velvet Toilet Rolls £1.50 Filled Rolls £2.00

So and so

'So' seems to be used for answering questions whether or not they require it. Particularly noticeable with second language speakers. Wonder when it will migrate