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  • London to a brick

    Apr 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    In the folklore of Australian English this phrase is associated with Ken Howard, a race caller of the 1940s. The notion is that the punter is so confident of winning the bet that he is prepared to put all of London on the horse to win one brick. Read more ...


  • The Easter bilby

    Apr 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

    The word Easter comes from a Germanic word present in various forms in different Germanic languages but ultimately coming from the word for ‘the dawn’. The Venerable Bede recounts in 735 that it was the name of a goddess celebrated by the Anglo-Saxons at the vernal equinox, this pagan celebration being taken over by the Christians. Read more ...


  • Curmudgeon

    Apr 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    This word has such an interesting shape and sound that it seems that, as we lose track of its original use, it is getting a good feel to it. ‘Such a curmudgeon!’ you say with admiration as the grand old man stumps into the room with a huge frown on his face, formidable and commanding respect. Read more...