Category Archives: Language

The racist ‘Poor Little Me’ complex carried to extremes.


An article currently appearing on MSN news: JOHANNESBURG – “You speak English so well” are words many people of colour in South Africa have heard at least once in their lifetime. However well-intended it may be, though, it’s simply offensive. … Continue reading

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Playing with Shakespeare:


Today marks the anniversary of what is agreed to have been, from baptismal records, the birthdate of William Shakespeare, and he died on the same date 402 years ago.   A wonderful way of remembering the dates was taught to pensitivity … Continue reading

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From Wordsworth to Nemesis


Day 21  After reading the myth of Narcissus, try writing a poem that plays with the myth in some way.                  If Wordsworth, lonely as a cloud, Had spotted as his famous crowd … Continue reading

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Coining a Phrase (in the original sense) Really Awfully Profoundly.


Most look at one side of a coin, And flipping it over don’t try; It is most distinctly annoying They never the obverse will spy. Though those viewing both sides are better, And think, thus, all bets they will hedge, … Continue reading

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Wood the Wordle Fit?


Wordle 260: The man works with timber in mint condition, ……….Seeking shape it will contain when comes the crunch; …..Not play: his irascible disposition …..He calms as he imitates a robin’s trill; …..As the figure takes shape comes a rising … Continue reading

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Brexit as a Navel Exercise


With the outcome of the UK voter shouties Of one’s senses one now tends to have some doubties – Belly-buttons seen on beaches Always seem to have the features That the innies far outnumber all the outies! © June 2016 Colonialist … Continue reading

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Gains and Losses in Poetic Translation


Counting little ditties and Wordles, and a long nonsense-rhyme written but not yet blogged, I have met the total of writing thirty poems for GloPoWriMo during April. For this final day a translation is suggested.  I have chosen an Afrikaans … Continue reading

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