20180918

Words by Farrukh Dhondy


I was in a charity shop a few weeks back and I stumbled across a book called Words by Farrukh Dondhy. I recognised the name from wayback. When I trained as a teacher (yes, I trained as an English teacher many moons ago). I remember a book of short stories for young people he had back then (Come to Mecca). Anyway this little book was right up my street. A rambling sort of book, it consists of a series of musings on words and their meanings with special reference to the Indian subcontinent where Mr Dhondy lived before coming to England to study Kipling and so on. If I tell you that he has worked for Channel 4 you will nt be surprised to hear that he lets himself down badly on the language front at a certain points, which is a shame. The core of the book, however, is full of interest. There were several areas where my understanding of the whole matter advanced (for example I was aware that bungalow is Indian but I had not connected it to the word Bengali). A good find.

20180809

Umpteen

My motehr liked the term umpteen. She would say "If  I've told you once I've told you umpteen times".
The word is an early 20th century one they say (probably army slang) and, of course, means an indefinite number. The dash in Morse Code can be referred to as the umpty and that may be the source of this British informal term.

10 Nautical Terms from Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers


1. Davit - device for hoisting and lowering a boat
2. Taffrail - rail round the stern of a ship
3. Mizzen-mast - mast aft or next aft of the mainmast in a ship
4. Lee-boards - a lifting foil used by a sailboat, much like a centreboard, but located on the leeside
5. Bowsprit - spar that extends at bows of a ship
6. Jib - small triangular sail extending from the head of the foremast
7. Bumpkin - spar projecting from stern of ship
8. Schooner - a yacht with two masts of which the foremost is shorter than the mizzen (opposite of a ketch rig)
9. Yawl - ship’s small boat; sailboat carrying mainsail and one or more jibs
10. Ketch-rigged - this refers to how the sails are configured. A ketch is a two-masted sailing craft whose mainmast is taller than the mizzen mast. The name "ketch" is derived from "catch" or fishing boat

20180719

10 Devilish words for despots beginning with D

1. Despotic
2. Dictatorial
3. Draconian
4. Drastic
5. Dreadful
6. Dominating
7. Domineering
8. Dogmatic
9. Driving
10. Demanding

10 Tele words

1. Telescope
2. Telegraph
3. Telegram
4. Telephone
5. Television
6. Telephoto lens
7. Teleprinter
8. Teleport
9. Teleconference
10. Telephotometer

20180717

Two Birthdays


"I remember as a boy being told by my mother that the Queen of England was very special because she has two birthdays — an actual one and an official one. As a child the idea of two birthdays sounded very attrative.
If you are a Christian, you also, in a manner of speaking, have two birthdays. When the Kent martyr Alice Potkins was arrested in 1556, she was asked her age. She replied that she was 49 ‘according to her old age’ but only one ‘according to her young age, since she learned Christ’. Many could say something similar."
From my book What the Bible teaches about being born again, p 102, 103


20180712

Preach to the dry bones and trust the Spirit of God


"It is as we preach God's word that people are born again. God is able to work when, where and how he chooses to work but we observe that where men go out and preach in his name people are born again but where they are not able to do that such things are much more scarce.
Like Ezekiel we are to preach to the dry bones and trust the Spirit of God to bring life. People need to accept ‘the word planted in you, which can save you’ not merely listening to the word but doing what it says (Jas 1:21, 22). Paul tells how he came to Thessalonica and preached successfully. What made the difference was that they accepted his preaching ‘not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe’. This is why they turned ‘to God from idols to serve the living and true God’ (2 Thess 2:13, 1 Thess 1:9).
When we ask what causes the new birth, we must say that it originates with God who transforms people by the Spirit and is possible because of what Christ has done on the cross. It usually happens as the Word of God is preached."
From my book What the Bible teaches about being born again, p 100


20180711

10 Purrfect sentences unleashed


1. Look at this dog eared catalogue
2. Don't be dogmatic about eschatology
3. He worked his way doggedly through the catechism
4. McGonagall's poetry was often in the doggerel category
5. It's a doggone shame he was catatonic by the end
6. Is it good pedgogical practice to have children make catapults?
7. The caterpillar crawled across the dogweed
8. Despite his hangdog expression, it was not a complete catastrophe
9. As general dogsbody it was his job to clear away debris and scatter disinfectant
10. What a cataclysmic boondoggle!

10 Final French Cooking Terms

1. Noisette
The word literally means "nut". It usually means nut brown in color. For example, beurre noisette is butter browned over heat until it becomes a nut brown color. It can also refer to boneless rack of lamb that is rolled, tied and cut into rounds. The word can also refer to hazelnuts.
2. Nouvelle Cuisine
A term that refers to the style of cooking that features lighter dishes with lighter sauces and very fresh ingredients
3. Parisienne
Refers to potatoes molded into balls with a melon scoop and fried or roasted
4. Pâte
A basic mixture or paste. Often refers to uncooked dough or pastry.
5. Pâté
A paste made of liver, pork or game.
6. Poussin
A young chicken.
7. Quenelle
Minced fish or meat mixture that is formed into small shapes and poached. It also refers to a shape that the minced mixture is made into.
8. Ragoût A stew
9. Roux
Melted butter to which flour has been added. Used as a thickener for sauces or soups.
10. Sauté
To cook in a small amount of fat over high heat, making sure that the food doesn't stick to the pan by making it "jump" in and out of the heat. The French word sauter means to jump.


10 More French Cooking Terms


1. Croustade
Bread piece dipped in butter and baked until it is crisp
2. Croûtons
Small cubes of bread used as a garnish is salads and soups.
3. Entrecôte
Sirloin steak.
4. Entrée
The term used to refer to something served before the main course but is used now to refer to the actual main course.
5. Escalops
A thin slice of meat that is often pounded out to make it thinner.
6. Flamber or Flambé
To set alcohol on fire
7. Frappé
Something that is iced or set on or in a bed of ice.
8. Fricassé
A stew made from poultry, meat or rabbit that has a white sauce.
9. Hors d'Oeuvres
First course or appetizer
10. Marmite
French word for a covered earthenware container for soup. The soup is both cooked and served in it.