23 weird questions that make you want to bang your head

Sometimes the quirks of human nature are enough to make you want to scream. My thanks to the crew over in The Joke Street Journal, my Facebook funnies group, for sharing these questions … I thought you here on HTWB would find them head-bangingly entertaining, too.

23 weird questions to entertain youThey’ve been around for years and still  no-one can answer them. Enjoy. (And do join us on Joke Street if you need a good laugh now and again – click here.)

1.Why are there signs in Braille saying “Do not touch” – ?

2.How do they get the Teflon to stick on saucepans if they’re non-stick? [Read more…]

Business jargon C words – no, not THAT one…

Would you “cock a snook” at a “cup of joe” and just “chill out?” And would you know where those terms originate? Find out the fascinating roots of our favorite business and other jargon here…

business jargon explained on HTWB

Should you “chew out” someone who cries “crocodile tears?”

C-Suite: this is an affectionate slang term for the senior directors/vice presidents and other top people in an organisation and, presumably, where their offices are located! It’s said to originate from the fact that many of the senior job titles in a company start with the letter “C” – e.g. Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Technical Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer, etc.

Can’t make head nor tail of it: (also can’t make head or tail of it) means you can’t understand something at all, and/or you find it horribly confusing. Apparently the Roman politician Cicero once wrote “Ne caput nec pedes” (neither head nor feet) when he was confused about something. More recently (from about the second half of the 17th century) people began using the term closer to its present form, but no-one is sure why we refer to “head nor tail.” Logically though, this must mean top/bottom, beginning/end, or of course two sides of the same coin. [Read more…]

MISCHIEVERSE now available to pre-order…am so excited!

My first ever collection of poetry is has arrived on Amazon, due for publication September 18th, but you can pre-order your copy or copies NOW!

And surprise, surprise (you know what I’m like) … it’s potty-mouthed, entertaining and very funny. Here’s what some of the pre-reviewers said…

Rude, irreverent and downright filthy … like Johnny Rotten meets Pam Ayres. –Julia Lewis, actor, Their Finest, Supergirl, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

This wonderful book gave me many laugh-out-loud moments. So many observations that resonated the absurdities of modern life. It’s great to pick up and open a page when the world seems chaotic, and puts a smile on the face immediately. Brilliantly written! –Jane Hatton, founder and CEO, Evenbreak

Snarky, quirky, downright rude, Suze skewers pop culture: its language, fashion, politics, entertainment. Not even family and cherished holidays escape her cutting wit. Through it all, she manages to make us laugh at ourselves and the silliness of contemporary life. –Barbara Grengs, author of the Toby Martin series of children’s mystery novels and Delicate Dames (forthcoming)

An amusing sideways look and anything and everything … the perfect gift –A E Rawson, author of best-selling crime novel, A Savage Art

Mischieverse is Suzan St Maur's first book of naughty, humorous poetry ... coming soon from Corona Books UK.

New book to be published September 18th 2017 … just in time for Holiday gifts!

Some excerpts to give you a flavour…

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It’s the perfect gift for your friends and family who like a naughty laugh. Pre-order your copies of Mischieverse now … and tick off some of your Holiday shopping nice and early! Just click here…
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21 reasons why English is a b*tch of a language to learn

The English language never fails to astound us with how utterly ridiculous it is … in many places. Here are a mere 21 examples of homonyms / homophones / homographs that confuse us on a daily basis and make life hell for most students from other cultures who try to learn it …

English homonyms and homophones on HTWB

Would you desert your dessert in the desert?

1.The bandage was wound around the wound.

2.The farm was used to produce produce. [Read more…]

More bitsa business jargon – plenty of B’s

“B” is for “Big Apple” and “Big cheese” … but do you know the real meaning of “bust my chops,” “boil the ocean,” or even the humble “by the way?” The next in my new series

English Business Jargon demystified on HTWB

Do you know the REAL meaning of “bust my chops,” “boil the ocean,” or even the humble “by the way?”

Bad apple: if you know about horticulture you will know that one bad apple in a collection of good ones has the ability to make all the others rot in a short space of time. That’s how the metaphor works: one “bad apple,” e.g. a negative or disruptive member of a team, employee, supplier etc., or even an inappropriate policy within a project, can be enough to cause a lot of damage to the overall organisation or activity. The term may originate from religious sermons preached in the USA in the 19th century. [Read more…]

Why your website text is NOT about your business

No, it’s not a typo.

It’s not about you

You lose count, don’t you, of the number of websites you see that talk all about the company concerned, when it started, what it prides itself on, and all manner of other “we-wee” words.

how to write good business website text by Suzan St Maur on HTWB

It starts on the “home page” with a lot of information your customers don’t need yet, if at all.

Then you go to the “about us” page and there’s more information that’s not relevant to what your customers are looking for (do they really care where the founder went to college in the 1950s?). [Read more…]

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