K-nowledge

K-nowledge

Did you K-now that the silent K in words like K-nee and K-nickK-nack was actually pronounced in Old English. For some reason however, people could not get the K-nack of pronouncing the K as well as the N. So the K sound got K-nocked off. People got all K-notted up and tongue tied when they tried to say what they K-new about K-nives and K-nitting. The K-now-it-alls of the time tried to keep the K, but even the K-nights were dropping their K’s so it was the death K-nell of the pronounced K. Many of the K-naves had dropped it well before, as they K-nuckled down to K-neeling for the

What Is Register In English?

What Is Register In English?

What Is Register? We can all recognise formal and informal texts, but you may not know that it has a name. It is called ‘Register’. The scales of register are generally classified as Formal, Neutral, Informal and Vulgar. In this sense, vulgar refers to childish or common utterances and not rude jokes. So, what is register and how can it be defined? Here are two example letters. Very easy to tell formal from informal, but what are the language forms that make the difference? I will give you a few clues. Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation are the three areas of difference. Use the table on the right to try and find

The English Teacher

The English Teacher

I love being an English teacher. For those readers who may not know, I actually do something other than ramble on about things that annoy me and scribble out books and poetry. In fact, my principal activity is as an English teacher. Not your Shakespeare and Keats English Lit teacher, but an English teacher of ESOL. That translates to English as a Second Operating Language. Now I could tell you about the very funny things I have heard such as when I greeted a new student. ‘Good morning, it’s a nice day, isn’t it?’ He replied, ‘Yes, it’s a cabbage.’ Or, ‘Hello, what’s your name?’ The response had me wondering. ‘Yes!’ However,

A Choice Verb

A Choice Verb

How do you choose a verb? For those of you who are scribblers, do you ever stop and consider what verbs you are using? Or do you think about what verbs you are using? It is easy to It is easy to surmise that verbs as grammatical, but I prefer to perceive them as vocabulary. I receive many emails each day and I get a load more messages and I’m always looking at what verbs people are using. I know, odd habit. Vocabulary can add flair to any story, but it is the verb that does all the hard work in demonstrating action. So as a part of speech or a fragment of