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  • Send it down Hughie!

    Feb 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    I made the mistake of being overly impressed by a historian’s detailed analysis of the origin of this phrase.  He, in turn, had been very taken by a family who explained that their ancestor, John Ziegler Huie, had been manager on a station near Narrandera in the late 19th century. Read more...


  • Forgotten and misunderstood phrases

    Feb 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

    There are phrases which were perfectly well understood when they were first uttered but which, over time, have come to be misconstrued, usually because there is a word in the phrase which has become obsolete. Read more...


  • The decline of the hyphen

    Feb 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    The first thing to say about hyphens is that there are a lot less of them than there used to be. In general over the last few decades we have tossed out buckets of commas, hyphens, dashes and so on, on the basis that the text reads quite well without them. Read more...