A play in there: N Korea’s devilishly Elizabethan way with insults

by Rashmee

Posted on May 17, 2014


The North Korean state appears to count a number of frustrated novelists among its workforce. …

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A selfie of English, the Mother Tongue: Ceaseless change, flux forever

by Rashmee

Posted on March 14, 2014


Someone should tell The Huffington Post the facts of linguistic life. Ie: * that language…

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Scullion! Rampallian. Fustilarian. North Korea and the Shakespearean curse

by Rashmee

Posted on December 14, 2013


However nerd-like Kim Jong-un is occasionally rumoured to be, there’s something devilishly Elizabethan about North …

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After Mandela, here’s one of the uses of poetry: So we don’t die of history

by Rashmee

Posted on December 12, 2013


After the passing of one of the “giants of history”, Nelson Mandela, it might be …

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Ira Glass anthology is a lesson in timelessness of a good story. Fact or fiction

by Rashmee

Posted on November 11, 2013


Some might say that six years have turned Ira Glass’s “new kings of non-fiction” into …

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Anything in English is ‘world music’; everything else is niche

by Rashmee

Posted on October 16, 2013


It is always amusing to hear people talk about “world music”. By definition, world music …

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The twerk’s the thing. Oxford dictionary adds word; Miley Cyrus lives it

by Rashmee

Posted on August 29, 2013


Oxford Dictionaries Online say they’re adding “twerk” to its cache of words. I wouldn’t have …

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Jargon is officially out, going forward. But can UK civil servants deliver?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2013


It’s been a month the decision was taken. Going forward, the dialogue will deliver key …

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK