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22 Jul 2015 Extra marital sex? Or extra-marital sex? How to use the hyphen

Ahhh the poor hyphen. Of all the horizontal punctuation marks, it’s the shortest and fattest and a little bit unloved. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary culled 16,000 of the little blighters back in 2007, squishing previously hyphenated words together or dropping the hyphen completely. The humble hyphen is used to join two or more words together to form a new...

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24-dec

24 Dec 2014 And the winner is…

This year's Turner Ink Christmas card featured my favourite type of lingo: slaaaaaaang. And if you're wondering what the heck they said - here are the translations. Cockney Rhyming Slang After Christmas kidney, turn off the custard and take the oxo or a sherbet to the rub-a-dub with a couple of chinas, then spend your bangers or cadge some bread for a few...

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16 Dec 2014 Think you know your slang?

As a paid up sarf Londoner, there’s nothing I like more than a bit o’ slang, be it street, polari or cocker-nee. Unfortunately, I don't get to write it much in my everyday copywriting life. Strange that. So for a giggle, this year’s Christmas cards are written completely in slang. If you can fathom what they say, you could be in...

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30 Jun 2014 The fine art of talking cobblers

One of the best things about being a Londoner is that you’re never more than a stone’s throw away from some of the world’s greatest art. Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne at The National; Manet’s A Bar at the Folies Bergere at The Courtauld; or Matisse’s Snail at Tate Modern are all a Tube ride away. As a history of art...

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