Tag Archives: English

Yesterday in History VII

Samoset Greets the Pilgrim in English (March 16, 1621) This event was ‘only’ 401 years ago. Look at what’s happened since then. This description says it all. Friday the 16th a fair warm day towards; this morning we determined to … Continue reading

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J.C. Scolder and Sgt. W.W. Watson: Qui est Corrompu?*

A Pawn Piece (1978 play): Act II (Page 9) (This time the curtain opens on a slightly different area of the forest. There’s a sign in the middle of the stage: it can be hanging on a tree, or just … Continue reading

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“Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow…”

Joy Davidson (April 18, 1915 – July 15, 1960) Joy Davidson originally married C.S. Lewis to avoid being deported after her visa expired. It was a marriage of convenience that turned into something more for both of them, because they … Continue reading

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Was This Man the Inspiration for David Cornwall’s Pseudonym?

Erwin Carlé (June 7, 1876 – February 21, 1923) No one knows why David Cornwall chose John le Carré as his pseudonym. So, I did a little digging, asking for the names of German authors who died between 1900 and … Continue reading

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Can You Decipher a Mystery Stone?

Royal? This month a village in France is offering a reward for anyone who can decipher the words on a rock in their harbour.   Like all good mysteries, the solution can be a simple one. In this case, it … Continue reading

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A Legal Offer to “Drop Hands”

This is more than twenty years ago now: in the midst of a legal standoff between my employer and a supplier of interpretations of English words into French, I heard this phrase for the first time. We were in front … Continue reading

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The Siege of Orleans: Jeanne d’Arc

The Maid of Orléans On this day in history in 1429, Joan of Arc (as she is known in English) arrived at Orléans with her French soldiers and helped to lift the siege that the English had laid during the … Continue reading

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His Story Through Her Eyes

Jamestown I caught the first episode of this British series on PBS last night. It seems to be a reasonable facsimile of what life in the 1700’s would have been like in Virginia. (Interestingly, it was almost totally filmed in … Continue reading

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Beware: the Subtleties of English

Warning, Warning If you use the word, “beware” you are warning someone of something dangerous. Be Aware The term “be aware” has the description of having information and beforehand knowledge of a situation, and perception of a fact that may … Continue reading

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Paul O’Grady: a Li’l(y) Savage?

What Makes a Star? It’s such an intangible. Some people are made for the stage, and some aren’t. When I run across a birth date and time, I sit up and take notice. Does Paul O’Grady know that it’s spelled … Continue reading

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