I am having fun with my Guardian style book, which is a precious gift from someone.
A few of the entries are particularly inspiring, in some cases amusing ideologies.
A comma before the final “and” in lists: straightforward ones (he had ham, eggs and chips) do not need one, but sometimes it can help the reader (he had cereal, kippers, bacon, eggs, toast and marmalade, and tea), and sometimes it is essential. Compare
I dedicate this book to my parents, Martin Amis, and JK Rowling
I dedicate this book to my parents, Martin Amis and JK Rowling
Very: usually very redundant
Walkman: Walkmans, not Walkmen
Yo-yo Ma: cellist
Haagen-Daaz: American ice-cream; despite appearances, the name was made up to give a European cachet to a product emanating from the Bronx in New York City
Public schools are actually private schools, so that is what we should call them
Chicken tikka masala: Britain’s favourite dish, note that there is also an Italian dish called chicken marsala
Cummings, EE: US poet who, despite what many people think, used capitals in his signature
Frankenstein: the monster’s creator, not the monster
And I am tempted to add a few of my own riddles:
Tube: characterised by weekend engineering works. If you want to know what’s slow, try taking the green line
Red tape: something you come across when you apply for things
First class: a slightly more spacious seat for a much more expensive fare. Gives you better drinks and food, a slightly bigger TV, and better access to the loo.
Marks and Spencer: known for good quality underwear and a great food hall. Appealing to middle-class moms
Volcanic ash cloud: an unpredictable cloud that paralyses air traffic. What people associates with Iceland
iPad: a gadget for people who haven’t had enough of the computer screen (yet).
Bigoted: for usage, google search for Gordon Brown