Weddings – it’s official. Women’s speeches are IN!

Society eyebrows were raised in many well-heeled quarters a few weeks ago when Meghan Markle let it be known that she was going to make a speech at her wedding to the UK’s very eligible bachelor, Prince Harry.

Weddings: it's official - women's speeches are IN

In the modern world of the 21st century, women have been making wedding speeches for many years. But a High Five to Meghan Markle who, we’re told, intends to make a speech at her upcoming wedding to the UK’s Prince Harry in May 2018 despite this being a break in royal protocol…

“Meghan Markle will be doing things differently from those who wed at Windsor Castle before her, with reports that she is planning on breaking tradition by giving her own speech,” wrote Rose Burke in The Independent, Jan 29th 2018. “As an advocate for women, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Markle plans on ditching the tradition. In a not-so-distant past, women were considered to be little more than property worth about as much as a few cows and a small patch of grass. Owned by their fathers from birth, girls would eventually be married off to the highest bidder.” [Continue reading]

Spelling: how to tell your Ances from your Ences

When you’re writing, have you always thought that whether a word ends in “ance” or “ence” is pretty much a guessing game? I did, until I started researching for this series. And I’m delighted to tell you that there is a little bit of logic in there, somewhere, after all. For some “ances” and “ences,” anyway. But let’s get the illogical ones out of the way first…

Spelling: how to tell your Ances from your Ences

Whether we like it or not, correct spelling does matter. And not just in the supermarket…

Words that end in either Ance or Ence, for no obvious reason

Of course with English being English, there are some exceptions. Most of the grammar resources I checked out basically throw their hands up in the air and say “exceptions? Just memorise them.” So let’s start with those: there is no reason why they end as they do, other than the peculiarities of this crazy language. [Continue reading]

An interview about writing: catch up Sunday April 15th

An interview about writing: catch up Sunday April 15th

This Sunday I am being honored with an interview by that amazing authors' emporium Emma's Detail Shop ... based on the west coast of the USA but sharing stunning stuff the world over. Here follows a sneak preview of some of the content. BUT … [Continue reading]

Spam Writers Central – some of the funniest this month

Spam Writers Central - some of the funniest this month

You probably think I'm a pretty sad case for reading the written spam comments on my website. But if you like a good laugh, you should try it some time. Here's my pick of recent pearls with, as usual my own reaction to them...enjoy. And choose your … [Continue reading]

Waffle is for eating, not for writing

When you're writing for business, social, personal or other reasons, do you sometimes wonder if you're "waffling?" Or if you're listening to a long speech, could the speaker be "waffling?" Or do you think that "waffling" is making and eating … [Continue reading]

Silly puns and boom-boom jokes – groan

Silly puns and boom-boom jokes - groan

Who writes this stuff? No matter how awful I think they are I still can't help laughing at them. Some Golden Oldies from my dear, pun-loving (and fun-loving) friend Laurence H from Los Angeles...enjoy. Have to say, I'm glad I DIDN'T write these … [Continue reading]

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