December’s quote is a meaningful reflection for all time and seasons:  

‘I expect to pass through his world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.’


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A ‘word note’ reference this month, little used words that you may find interesting?

Bloviator – someone who loves the sound of their own voice

Circumbendibus – word or actions that go round and round without getting to the point

Grammar watcher Ann A got in touch with the following peeve:  ‘Just waiting on sofa delivery...’ This was a text message which I received this week explaining absence. ‘On the weekend’ is a very common expression in my parts too. 

A check of grammar rules suggests that ‘On the weekend’ is a general term in the US, while in UK, the norm is ‘At the weekend’. ‘On the weekend’ is, therefore, an American English (AmE) term being increasingly used in the UK. ‘Just waiting on sofa delivery …’ just sounds odd, perhaps the creeping use of another Americanism? ‘Just waiting for sofa delivery’ is standard English.  

*Grammar notes are dedicated to the memory of ‘Ruthless Editor’ Kathy Watson.  Kathy’s book: ‘Grammar for people who hate rules’ is a helpful reference source. Link to book: https://amzn.to/2AaV5bE

Please continue to let me know if you have any grammar or communication peeves that you would like me to include or if you have any comments.

Warmest & best wishes,