Category Archives: mnemonics

Involve me and I forget

After planning and then implementing yet another evening conference yesterday, I could hear my own fuses blowing today. Socialising, and especially “being professional,” depletes a certain reserve in my brain, and the day after I tend to be cranky, headachy, … Continue reading

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Spirit of the 60s

More haste, not war!

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Further *nquiries

Henry sticks his oar in with this debate. Or rather he did a week ago, and (remiss!) I’ve only just got round to updating the webpage: Subject: inquiry From: Henry To: J-P Date: Mon, November 10, 2003 10:24 am The … Continue reading

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Ask me, ask me, ask me

I was hoping to find a decent mnemonic for distinguishing “enquire” and “inquire,” especially for the Americanically challenged. Most references I can find, however, treat them as synonymous, which is becoming the norm anyway. The OED (pocket, until I inherit … Continue reading

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Are you sure you’re sure?

To ensure is to make certain that things happen in a particular way; to insure is to make plans for when they don’t.

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The Alan Collection

Allen Ginsberg and Alan Greenspan are different people. It is a grave error to confuse the two, and punishable by mockery. Try remembering it by thinking that Greenspan has prehensile lips which can “span” a man’s hand: with those lips … Continue reading

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How to actually run a university

Those that can teach, teach! Those that can’t teach, don’t.

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