Posts in ‘Language’

Stone Barry Spurr? Ask Sydney Uni

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

When you can’t play the ball, kick the man in the groin – that’s the iron rule of Green Left politics these days. So if the federal government commissions an inquiry which states the bleeding obvious – that there is not enough Western literature or culture in the national curriculum and too much indigenous – […]

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Have boobs displaced breasts?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

I’ve always had a slightly antique turn of phrase. It comes from early exposure to the King James version of the bible and as a child being allowed to pick-up and read any book in our house, whenever it was written. But I’ve also thought I was very sensitive to the nuance of language, partly […]

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Furious agreement

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I could have asked Marina Orlova (who always reminds me of Grishkin), but a friend in Chile posed the question and I suspect found the answer which will do me, unless someone else can come up with an even better theory. The question? What is the origin of the phrase “furious agreement” ? When I […]

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