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Vot a shocking bad hat! The 19th-century teenage insult de nos jours

23 September 2017 9:00 am

My husband complains that the disposition of teenagers in London is one of mocking hostility. I seem to suffer less…

Dustman or refuse collector? And what about his trousers?

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Piles of black plastic rubbish sacks lie in the streets of Birmingham because, since the end of June, the dustmen…

Although its use goes back 500 years, we could do with less ‘wow!’ factor

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Veronica has become quite an addict of Twitter, just as the rest of the young are forsaking it. ‘It’s easy…

Spectator letters: Why not vote like Belgians?

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Bees vs Belgians Sir: To answer Rory Sutherland and Glen Weyl’s question: yes, everyone should vote and no, just because…


13 April 2013 9:00 am

‘French,’ cried my husband. ‘It’s bloody French.’ We were clicking on a computer screen in response to the dear old…


23 March 2013 9:00 am

They were worrying in Canterbury about a clash between the inauguration of the Pope and the enthronisation of the Archbishop…


9 March 2013 9:00 am

My husband made a little joke. ‘There’s no such thing as a free lurch,’ he said, looking up from his…

Mind your language

15 January 2011 12:00 am

Now that we are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version of the Bible, I wonder if we can dispense with the notion that it has greatly influenced the shape of the English language.

Mind your language

1 January 2011 12:00 am

The government is thinking of making restaurants put on the menu the number of calories in dishes.

The year in words

18 December 2010 12:00 am

As I was slipping a pudding into the water to boil a bellowing noise like the questing beast in Malory made me jump.

Mind your language

6 November 2010 12:00 am

‘I can’t abide stigmata,’ said my husband, not through aversion to St Francis of Assisi, but by way of joining in this week’s craze, provoked by the BBC, of nominating a pet hatred among pronunciations.

Mind your language

30 October 2010 12:00 am

John Hutton, before he settled down to the blameless task of reporting on public-sector pensions, was accused of writing poetry.

Mind your language

23 October 2010 12:00 am

The squeeze that the middle classes are enjoying in this frenzy of cuts and taxation is not what the middle classes once liked to mean by the word.

Mind your language

16 October 2010 12:00 am

I’ve just tried out a newly discovered term of abuse on my husband. ‘You’re nothing but a lol‑poop,’ I exclaimed as he sat, or almost lay, like a John Prescott, except with a glass of whisky resting on his stomach instead of a cup of tea.