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27 Mar 2018

Just don’t call it the the Houses of Guttersnipes (Wix) 

A list of words officially deemed “unparliamentary language” by the British House of Commons proved popular on HH this week:

...so here’s a bit more about them.

The British Parliament operates under a tight and, in some instances, fairly ar...

23 Feb 2018

From events in Florida to the actions of disaster relief workers in Haiti, there’s been some awful news recently. In light of which, this week’s Word of the Week is the decidedly muted choice of malversation—a sixteenth century word meaning “corrupt behaviour in public office or a position of trust....

16 Feb 2018

Gideon and Foulfellow: DExEU’s latest recruits (Wikipedia/Public domain) 

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gave a speech about Brexit this week. And entirely unrelated to that, we posted the word ackamarackus over on Twitter:

Ackamarackus—or ackamaracka, alongside countless other spelling variants—i...

 The absolute state of the Union (Pixabay) 

On Tuesday (or early Wednesday here in the UK), President Trump delivered his first official State of the Union address. The 1 hour and 20 minute speech was, according to one analysis, found to contain on average one provable falsehood every 4½ mi...

26 Jan 2018

The annual conference of the World Economic Forum kicked off this week in the Swiss ski retreat of Davos. The event has been held every year since 1971; back then, the WEF was merely the “European Management Forum”, but the organisation became an international affair in 1987 and the four-day confere...

19 Jan 2018

Bridging the gap: Pontitecture in action (Wix) 

This week, French President Emmanuel Macron has been in the UK for two days of talks with Prime Minister Theresa May. In the midst of which, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stepped forward and proposed that Britain and France now get along so well that ...

Proditomania is the belief that everyone around you is a traitor. 

Coined in the late 1800s, proditomania derives from the Latin verb prodere, meaning “to betray”. Derived from the same root are a clutch of equally seldom-encountered words likes of prodition (a fifteenth century word for tr...

 As clear as the nose on your face: David Davis arrives for questioning (Pixabay) 

Here in the UK, not much is going on in politics at the moment besides us trying to negotiate our way out of the European Union. No matter your views on that, it’s hard not to be alarmed by the news this week that...

10 Nov 2017

If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all (Pixabay) 

It’s not that HH is actively trying to make all of its Words of the Week political. It’s just that when politicians behave the way they have recently, frankly, it’s hard not to. 

For those of you not up to speed with events here...

This week’sHH Word of the Week is a word that—entirely by coincidence, of course—first popped up on the Twitter feed back in June, two days before the UK General Election: a statemonger is a meddling, scheming politician. 

Why pick this word to best sum up this week’s news? If you have to ask that qu...

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