An unwritten moment of Remembrance today, Nov 11th

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While we feel sorry for ourselves dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its tragic losses, let us not forget the tragedy and losses incurred by our family members and their friends during the two Great World Wars.

Unlike the British Remembrance Sunday, other countries in the Great Wars of the 20th century remember their fallen on November 11th, Armistice Day 1918, as we do here on HTWB.

Both my Canadian Dad and Grandad fought in Europe with the Allied Forces – and fortunately came home again without serious injury.

But many of their friends didn’t. This tribute is for them and the millions of other soldiers who, as Joe Biden might put it, left an empty chair at the dining or kitchen table. R I P.

Lest we forget.

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Happy Jewish New Year – Shanah Tovah

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“Can this year just stop already?” says Ryan Prior of CNN
Jewish New Year

A chance for us all to reflect and renew

“It’s a thought ricocheting around the world as we cope with Covid-19, quarantine, wildfires and hurricanes. Now it can.”

Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year, begins Friday, September 18. Even if you’re not Jewish, it’s a way to immerse yourself in parts of these rituals of renewal. Maybe God knows we all need a little renewal now.”

Wishing our readers a peaceful period of renewal and reflection

Happy New Year – Shanah Tovah – from us all at HTWB

 

Loving Our Language: Indo-European languages and where they come from

As we all write in English, it’s great to find out more about the language in depth! Welcome to a new mini-series here on HTWB by Senior Transcriber Neil Wright – an avid expert on historical linguistics. This week Neill looks at where Indo-European languages come from. Over to Neil…

‘Indo-European’ languages might not sound similar to you, but linguists have scratched their heads over the apparent similarities of the Indo-European languages for centuries. Today, huge swaths of populations covering most of Europe, Asia Minor, and northern India speak languages that are so similar in construct, they must have had a single progenitor tongue.

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Scientists and linguistics are closing in on the true origins of the Indo-European languages. Shown above: the flag representing Indo-European languages. Source: Wikimedia Commons

One of the very first people to draw the dots together was a man named William Jones in 1786. He was serving as a judge in British India at the time. Jones was a well-educated man, and had studied Greek and Latin, as well as English in school. Not long after arriving in India, he began to take an interest in Sanskrit — the language of the ancient religious texts — and wrote the following: [Read more…]

Happy Canada Day 2020

Wishing Canadians everywhere

a safe, healthy and happy

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day from Suzan St Maur…in this troubling and often tragic year.

Suze and all from HTWB

 

 

How important are grammar and spelling? Really?

Now that the mass media with its “newspeak” vocabulary has been part of our lives for several generations we really can’t afford to be pompous about spelling and grammar any more.

Even the stuffiest of academics has had to admit that stiffly formal writing is not clever; it’s boring. They may look down their noses at the language of popular websites, social media, blogs and so-on, but that’s the language nearly everyone speaks today.

article about spelling and grammarI won’t waste your time with my theories on why that has happened, but the bottom line is that English as a language has become simpler and less complex than it was 100 years ago.

And quite right, too. I’ve never understood why some people get so uppity about the fact that a language has evolved.

Well, you and I haven’t got time to mourn the relegation of Shakespearean English to the theatre, even if we want to. We’ve got work to do here and now, and these days we write as we speak.

“Writing as people speak” is not a cop out

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Why you’ll never need me to help you write a book

It’s no longer a twinkle in my eye. No longer a metre-high pile of scribbled notes.
The sequel to my Amazon bestseller How To Write Winning Nonfiction … a complete new self-coaching book, not just an update.

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I must be out of my mind.

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With this book, you won’t need me.

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Here’s what the beta readers have to say about it

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