Mind your language

pansexual

We’ve been pansexual for a while now

March 6, 2020 10:51 am

Like ‘television’, ‘pansexuality’ is a bastard form, founded half on a Greek word and half on a Latin one

tergiversation

What is a ‘tergiversation’?

February 18, 2020 10:42 am

The Latin for ‘back’ is ‘tergum’

reset

The link between politics and moisturizer

January 25, 2020 2:19 pm

With some surprise I found reset has been in use since the early 17th century

whilst

The origins of ‘whilst’

December 7, 2019 9:51 am

It started off by displaying what is called the adverbial genitive

posh

Who really invented the word ‘posh’?

November 5, 2019 12:56 pm

People prefer memorable tales, especially those involving acronyms, to the truth

Is Donald Trump really bonkers?

May 17, 2018 7:02 pm

John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, has a way with words. During the invasion of Iraq in 2003…