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Oddments – sometimes expanding on thoughts from Twitter – usually prompted by current affairs, our use of language, or the linguistic idiosyncrasies of the Second World War.  

I paddle in the ink-pools of literary giants

History is a broad church. I’m in the curious congregation. There’s a smattering of recherché language here, and a couple of oblique theories. Mistakes are mine alone.



Blitzkrieg. We think we know what it means, but where does the word come from, really?