Tag Archives: English

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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Pierre-Esprit Radisson: Hero or Villain?

Explorer and Fur Trader I’m reading “Voyages of Peter Esprit Radisson” again, for the first time since 1980. It takes a little while to get accustomed to the use of double letters, and mixed language words, that he wrote in … Continue reading

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