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An epidemic of prepositional anarchy?

In his linguistically thought-provoking Guardian article under the heading “Back to prep school“, Andy Bodle reckons that Harry Blamires, the author of The Penguin Guide to Plain English, is far from alone in thinking we are in “an epidemic of prepositional anarchy”.

His bottom-line advice is to “check the dictionary”, although interestingly (and perhaps contradictorily?), he also refers to Google Ngram Viewer as a tool for trying to determine which version can be regarded as ‘more correct’, in cases where several ‘legitimate’ options exist, e.g. bored with/of, obsessed with/by, identical with/to.

Further reading: comprehensive Wikipedia page on prepositions, postpositions, circumpositions and adpositions.

Word of the day: twonk

Source: http://www.urbandictionary.com

In contrast to the Urban Dictionary, the OED seems uncertain re the origin of the term – see below. Discuss?

Agile

How agile are you? Or rather, how agile is your company?

Management Today Words-Worth examines the question and indeed the term itself – see below.

One would like to think that HE Translations fits the bill…

Source: Management Today

CPD

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has an interesting and constructive approach to CPD, which is no doubt also applicable to other professions.

On the main RIBA CPD page it says:

Doing CPD helps you in three key ways:

  • It reinforces your professionalism and competence
  • It offers you unique benefits
  • It helps you to take charge of your career and your business

It goes on to say:   Read more

Save this house from… boring people

Spotted in Heidelberg (Albert-Ueberle-Straße) the other day…

Behüt’ dies Haus
vor Wetter und Wind…
und Menschen die langweilig sind.

English translation, provided by HE Translations “team member” Jacqui Birnie:

Save this house
from wind and weather…
and boring people altogether.