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Jul 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
When used as a conjunction whilst and while are completely interchangeable. While can also function as a noun where whilst cannot. In American English whilst is regarded as quaint or old-fashioned and rarely used. In British English both are used frequently with speakers often making use of both forms. In Australian English while is more common than whilst. Read more...
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Somewhere in my childhood reading I learnt what you had to do if you were caught in the snow. You piled up a dome of snow with a hollow centre, crawled inside it and sealed up the dome. Then your own breath and body heat and the insulation of the snow kept you warm. Read more...
Jul 09, 2015 | 5 Comments
Obscure words have a fascination for us. It is like taking a trip to the verbal attic and finding all sorts of curious, usually dust-covered oddities that speak to us of another time and place. Read more...