January 12, 2015
Engineering, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Vocabulary
engine parts, locomotive parts, railroad locomotive, railway engine, South Devon Railway, steam engine parts, steam engines, steam power, steam trains
Locomotive or engine? They are both shortened versions of the original ‘locomotive engine’, which distinguished them from static steam engines (as found in factories etc). It’s all to do with American versus British English. As a Brit, I prefer ‘engine’.
I love railway trains of all types, but steam still keeps a romance all of its own. I took the video above on a chance visit to the South Devon Railway and had only a small hand-held camcorder at hand, but I did my best. However, much as I love steam, I realised that I didn’t know what all the component parts of an engine were called. So, please click HERE to go to a fine diagram and some basic terminology with explanations. I welcome any comments from steam enthusiasts, especially if you find any errors.
January 12, 2015
ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Grammar, Proofreading services, Punctuation, Spelling, Vocabulary, Websites
document checking, English language checking, language checking, proofreading, web page checking
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December 31, 2014
This is a double celebration for me. Not only is it New Year’s Eve, but Malcolm’s English Pages just clocked up 30,000 hits!
Thank you to all my readers and a very Happy New Year to you all.
September 24, 2014
Emma Watson, feminism, full speech at the UN, He For She, HeForShe, UN, United Nations
Emma Watson’s wonderful speech at the United Nations has unfolded a mass of confusing but revelationary thoughts and feelings that I have yet to understand fully. That women should have equal rights and aspirations to men has always seemed obvious to me. I had never believed before that we men may also be trapped by the expectations that society has for us. I was brought up with the ‘men don’t cry’ belief. I was brought up with the ‘men must be strong’ belief. I was brought up with the ‘men must fix it’ belief. This last is the crux. The man comes home – his wife and kids share their worries, fears and problems, and the man thinks – I have to fix these. It is a huge burden that he often feels that he has to carry alone. Now I am beginning to share this feeling, and it’s not easy.
This is all that I am going to say today, because I feel that I have a revolution going on inside of me and I have Emma to thank for that. The world will be a such better place when all men and women (i.e. people) can be what they want, and not what they are expected to be.
Click HERE to go to the official He For She site.
September 18, 2014
Business life, Vocabulary
invoice or bill, invoice versus bill
This is actually a really easy one, as bills and invoices are the same thing. The difference only lies in usage. My Internet service provider sends me a ‘monthly telephony invoice’ (that’s what they call it). However, I would naturally call it a ‘phone bill’. If companies really want to sound friendly and on the same level as their customers, they should use their customers’ language. I mentioned in an earlier post that my bank has this kind of philosophy and, instead of having ‘debit’ and ‘credit’ columns in their statements, they have ‘money out’ and ‘money in’ columns. So, if you want to get close to your customers, speak their language!
September 10, 2014
ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Spelling, Vocabulary
English as a foreign language, English as a second language, global English, Panglish
“English as it is spoken today will have disappeared in 100 years and could be replaced by a global language called Panglish, researchers claim.
“New words will form and meanings will change with the most dramatic changes being made by people learning English as a second language, says Dr Edwin Duncan, a historian of English at Towson University in Maryland, in the US.”
Read the full article from the Daily Telegraph