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Joshua Gaskell
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Review, #LeagueOfGentlemen, Anniversary Specials

By Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith BBC Studios for BBC Two Monday, 18th–Wednesday, 20th December 2017 Royston Vasey is to be wiped off the face of the earth by boundary changes: ‘The county are moving the boundary line to…
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Review, #CurbYourEnthusiasm, S09E01

By Larry David HBO Sunday, 1st October 2017 Larry David is in the shower, singing ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ from Mary Poppins. Has he changed? No. His supercalifragilistic mood lasts all of half a minute; until, that is, he tries to get some shower gel out of…
Curb Your Enthusiasm, S09E01
Curb Your Enthusiasm, S09E01
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Worldwide Weblog, 29th July, #LondonWeighting

London weighting, n. Pronunciation: /ˈlʌndən ˈweɪtɪŋ/ Etymology: < London n. + weighting n. 1. An amount added to a salary to compensate for the higher cost of living in the London area. 2. What remainers wish their votes had.
Saturday, 29th July 2017
Saturday, 29th July 2017
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Worldwide Weblog, 17th July, #PayToilets

Public convenience, n. Pronunciation: /ˈpʌblɪk kənˈviːnɪəns/ Etymology: < public adj. + convenience n. 1. A lavatory for the convenience of the public. 2. Contronymous to sense 1, in the case of pay toilets, a lavatory for the inconvenience of the public.
Monday, 17th July 2017
Monday, 17th July 2017
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Worldwide Weblog, 16th July, #Voming

Unobsolete: an occasional column devoted to tracking social and lexical change with reference to words, phrases and definitions in the OED that are labelled ‘Obs.’ but are now unobsolescing: Vome, v. Etymology: < Latin vomĕre Obs. rare. To vomit.…
Sunday, 16th July 2017
Sunday, 16th July 2017
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Worldwide Weblog, 15th July, #NoBorders

I stumble across the website of No Borders UK: ‘No Borders is a network of groups and individuals who fight against borders and immigration controls. We believe in freedom of movement for all.’ Maybe this is the glorious future of the human race, but who…
Saturday, 15th July 2017
Saturday, 15th July 2017
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Worldwide Weblog, 13th July, #WhigHistory

There is a set of historical developments that is used to describe ‘a period of extraordinary change’ or similar: everything is rising (literacy, the individual, meritocracy, the middle class, the franchise, technology, life expectancy), except religion,…
Thursday, 13th July 2017
Thursday, 13th July 2017
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Worldwide Weblog, 12th July, #EconomicMigrant

Samuel Johnson attempts to parse the economic migrant–asylum seeker distinction, in A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775): Let it be inquired, whether the first intention of those who are fluttering on the wing, and collecting a flock that…
Wednesday, 12th July 2017
Wednesday, 12th July 2017
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Worldwide Weblog, 22nd June, #HatePreachers

Hate preacher, n. Pronunciation: /heɪt ˈpriːtʃə/ Etymology: < hate n. + preacher n. 1. A person, esp. a spiritual leader, who preaches or advocates hatred or hostility against a particular group, faith, etc. 2. Contronymous to sense 1, a person, esp. a…
Thursday, 22nd June 2017
Thursday, 22nd June 2017
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Worldwide Weblog, 8th April, #Robotics, #AI, #Automation, #FutureOfWork

For a vision of society in the future, take words and phrases containing boy and substitute bot. We’ll soon be living among, Altar bots Ball bots Barrow bots Best bots Bot altos Bot bands Bots next door Bot racers Bot sopranos Bovver bots Bully bots Choir…
Saturday, 8th April 2017
Saturday, 8th April 2017
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