Angela’s ABCs Imply and infer

Why do so many people muddle up imply and infer when they have opposite meanings? Imply means to state indirectly or suggest, while infer means to deduce or draw a conclusion. A speaker or writer implies, while a listener or reader infers: ‘He implied in his text message that he was about to dump me.’ ‘I inferred from his text message that he was about to dump me.’ Advertisements

Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts by Emily Smart

I heard myself saying to someone the other day, ‘I’m not trying to teach my grandmother to suck eggs, but…’ or some such thing, and I suddenly thought, ‘What the bloody hell am I talking about?’ Obviously, I get the gist of the saying, which is to refrain from telling someone who already knows what they’re doing, how to do something. But where on earth does this well-known maxim come from? Is it that old people have no teeth and therefore have to suck out the contents of an egg to eat… Read More

Parlez-vous McSpeak? By Emily Smart

I like McDonald’s. In fact, what’s not to like? They make big fat greasy burgers that can cure even the worst hangover, they have indoor play facilities that keep the kids busy while you try and read a newspaper, and the small people are given a piece of plastic that either waves, makes a loud noise or flashes, and is invariably broken before you can say ‘Get in your car seat please.’ Leaving the politics of obesity and the dodgy bloke in the clown outfit to one side, one thing that struck… Read More

Up in Cloud Cuckoo Land by Angela Caldin

Ever heard of Cloud Computing? I hadn’t until last week when I wondered if it meant computing in secret or computing somewhere high in the rainforest. I decided I must overcome my ignorance and looked up the expression on http://www.techterms.com. There I learnt that: ‘Cloud Computing refers to applications and services offered over the Internet. These services are offered from data centres all over the world, which collectively are referred to as the ‘cloud.’ This metaphor represents the intangible, yet universal nature of the Internet.” I pondered for a while on the idea of… Read More