Grammar, and Its Nazis…


Grammar is one of those words that either causes a temporary heightening of stress, or it intrigues you to a point where you end up losing hours figuring out something about a language (no prizes for guessing which one applies to me) but a recent chat with someone got me thinking about the term “Grammar Nazi”… Are we just throwing it out there when an unwitting Internet user uses their instead of there? Are there greater implications on its use? Continue reading

Knowing your ‘Tu’ from your ‘Vous’


English comes across as a bit of an exception when it comes to ‘politeness’ in languages. Sure, ask anyone English who’s been to a busy city centre and they’ll say they’ve said “Sorry!” to someone who was blocking their way (why do we do that?!), but how does politeness appear in other languages? Continue reading