Feasts, hope and syncretism

Today is Candlemas. Candlemas is one of those holy-days that distinguishes the women from the girls, so to speak, when it comes to knowing the Church year. It falls forty days after Christmas and marks the presentation of Jesus at the temple and the official end of the Christmas/Epiphany season. Although many people in English-speaking […]

A Comprehensive Grammar Of the English Language by Randolph Quirk

Lord Quirk dies, but the English Language hasn’t!

Charles Randolph Quirk, Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at UCL, has died. He of the quirky name loved the English language and presided over surveys of its usage, wrote about its evolution from Anglo-Saxon times, and numerous grammars and tomes about its teaching. “Language is power and too much English teaching today is denying pupils […]