Month: July 2016

TO-DO LIST, OR, HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT IF YOU CAN’T BOIL THE OCEAN?

TO-DO LIST, OR, HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT IF YOU CAN’T BOIL THE OCEAN?

The above are two phrases I’d never encountered before, but they mean the same thing. For when you have a seemingly insurmountable task, or if you’re taking on too much, they seem apposite: “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bit at a time” Your task may be complex, long or overwhelming, but you can…

HOW ARE YOU TODAY – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 5

HOW ARE YOU TODAY – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 5

Another post about language, but not in the manner of previous posts. I won’t be spouting poetry, or analysing turns-of-phrase. This is about communication, connection, and companionship. I’ve written before about Manchester’s homelessness problem (let me stress here that it is not the homeless that are the problem, it’s homelessness), which is something that us…

THIRD-PERSON SINGULAR “THEY” – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 4

THIRD-PERSON SINGULAR “THEY” – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 4

I’m not going to touch on the “correctness” of the use of “they” as a preferred pronoun – I enjoy arguments over prescriptive vs. descriptive use of language, but that’s been done elsewhere. I want to talk about why the use of “they” to describe an individual (in a gender-neutral sense) has practical uses for…