English Language Skills (Troy)
I have a law degree, I've run an award-winning business, and I am a published author.
My most popular book is Funny English Errors and Insights: Illustrated.
My new book is The Funny Dictionary.
I have a particular interest in vocabulary improvement and speed reading.
- Post date: 05 December 2015
Usually, we steer away from posting English vocabulary bloopers from abroad — it's funnier when English trips up native English-language speakers. And people learning English as a second language might take offence to the perception we're poking fun at them. After all, how well would we fare learning a new language? However, the following list of Finnglish — mangled English from Finland — was sent to us in good faith and in good spirit. In the following examples, we're not laughing so much at the perpetuator of the English vocabulary mistake, as we are at the English language itself. English is a weird language that can easily get us confused. Enjoy these vocabulary bloopers in the spirit in which they're given, in good humour.
- Post date: 29 November 2015
Online debates can escalate quickly, especially on Facebook. In the rush to make our point, we search for a phrase that's on the tip of our tongue, and hurriedly type the punchy aphorism so our opponents might quickly succumb to our erudition and wit. Only sometimes, we rush too fast; what seemed initially like the moment we would soar, turns out to be the moment we came down with a thud. When our opponent points out we've made an embarrassing blunder, our credibility (if we ever really had any) is shot. Here is a list of such moments; when in reaching for the knockout punch, the keyboard warrior reached too far...
- Post date: 27 November 2015
- Improve Your Vocabulary
In my earlier article in 2012, I wrote about how the meaning of "marriage" is ever-changing. I foreshadowed one definition of "marriage" as an inherently flexible legal term of art that develops over time; and governments that make laws with respect to “marriage” can prescribe the unions to be regarded as “marriages”. Since then, the High Court of Australia in Cth v ACT  HCA 55 has unaminously declared for all Australia the constitutional meaning of "marriage". It turns out that the meaning of "marriage" I foreshadowed in 2012 is the meaning the High Court has adopted. In the process, the High Court has traced the history of "marriage", has separated the Christian context of "marriage" from the secular context of "marriage", and has clarified the inequality that exists when the status of "marriage" is accorded to some people but not to others.