The meaning of liberty

When anyone, knowing I lived on the east coast of America for several years, asks me for tips on what to do in New York, my first answer is always ‘go on the Staten Island ferry’. It’s free, it’s a taste of real New York life, and you get the view everyone wants of the […]

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 […]