Grammar tips

I was at a networking meeting the other day when someone declared that blog posts should always be infotaining. i.e. informative and entertaining. Well, quite.It got me thinking about portmanteaus: those words that are a blend of two other words. Or to be more precise they’re the beginning of one word joined to the end of another.Some are rotten. Like...

Well that’s that then. The fat lady is singing and we’re all as sick as a parrot. Following England’s early bath we’ve started the post mortem and the clichés have been spewing out quicker than Lionel Messi on speed. ‘We’re failing at grass roots level’. ‘We need to have a roots and branch investigation.’ ‘England needs an English manager.’What is it...

I was thinking about metaphors on the journey into work this morning. And that’s because practically every single segment on the radio used a metaphor at some point.Metaphors make a comparison between two things that are basically different but have something in common. So Arsene Wenger was boiling mad over Porto’s dodgy goal Bankers’ bonuses are difficult to swallow The ball rocketed into...

Friend and SEO colleague, Rob Dobson, emailed me this pic this afternoon from the Fulham Road, London. Hmmm…nice shop. Poor sign.But La Maison is in good (bad?) company. Take a look at these corkers that have been sent to the MSN News site recently. Do not cling? Do not climb? Or what the heck. Let's have both.Yeah, help us reduce crime against...

I spotted this on the Holloway Road this week. Well we have just had a recession. So I guess some businesses may be stationary. But I don’t suppose this is what they are talking about.                                                Come on people. This is a schoolboy error. The easiest way to remember the difference:  stationers (with an E) sell stationery (also with an E).                                ...