Dot Wordsworth

Asexual

20 August 2015 1:00 pm

There was a time when my husband, who often addresses the television, would habitually react to Edward Heath’s appearance on…

Why Liz Kendall isn't close to qualifying as 'Taliban New Labour'

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Toxic virus or Taleban: it’s funny how the mild-mannered Liz Kendall has attracted for her Blairite associations the most violently…

Taleban

13 August 2015 1:00 pm

Toxic virus or Taleban: it’s funny how the mild-mannered Liz Kendall has attracted for her Blairite associations the most violently…

Where ‘big ask’ came from, and why it still sounds barbaric

8 August 2015 9:00 am

‘That’s unnecessarily crude,’ said my husband, turning momentarily from the television and improving the shining minute by setting the whisky…

Big ask

6 August 2015 1:00 pm

‘That’s unnecessarily crude,’ said my husband, turning momentarily from the television and improving the shining minute by setting the whisky…

Why I hate ‘I love that…’

1 August 2015 9:00 am

I had never heard the Country (Red Dirt) singer Wade Bowen before, although his latest album Hold my Beer (Vol 1)…

I love it that you…

30 July 2015 1:00 pm

I had never heard the Country (Red Dirt) singer Wade Bowen before, although his latest album Hold my Beer (Vol 1)…

Pluto’s moon Charon is secretly a Charlene

25 July 2015 9:00 am

‘What about the moon Tracey?’ asked my husband facetiously when an astronomer on the wireless, talking of Pluto’s moon Charon,…

Charon

23 July 2015 1:00 pm

‘What about the moon Tracey?’ asked my husband facetiously when an astronomer on the wireless, talking of Pluto’s moon Charon,…

Mind your language: Bugs, bugs, bugs

18 July 2015 9:00 am

If my husband were an insect it might well be a bug — a squat creature imbibing nutriment in liquid form.…

Bugs

16 July 2015 1:00 pm

If my husband were an insect it might well be a bug — a squat creature imbibing nutriment in liquid form.…

The Spanish village that thought it was called ‘Kill Jews’

11 July 2015 9:00 am

A village has changed its name because it seemed offensive. But I think the villagers were under a misapprehension. The…

Matajudíos

9 July 2015 1:00 pm

A village has changed its name because it seemed offensive. But I think the villagers were under a misapprehension. The…

How a prayer became business speak

4 July 2015 9:00 am

No doubt you, too, have had the feeling, upon glancing at an article in a paper picked up in a…

Due diligence

2 July 2015 1:00 pm

No doubt you, too, have had the feeling, upon glancing at an article in a paper picked up in a…

On the cusp: a cliche with a hidden astrological side

27 June 2015 9:00 am

‘A stalker who dressed a pillow “mannequin” in his ex’s nurse’s uniform, then sent her a picture, has been told…

On the cusp

25 June 2015 1:00 pm

‘A stalker who dressed a pillow “mannequin” in his ex’s nurse’s uniform, then sent her a picture, has been told…

What kind of life-form boasts that it can ‘speak human’?

20 June 2015 9:00 am

The next Labour leader will have to be able to speak human, said a piece in the Observer. This, it…

Speak human

18 June 2015 1:00 pm

The next Labour leader will have to be able to speak human, said a piece in the Observer. This, it…

Trigger warning: this is an article about the word ‘trigger’

13 June 2015 9:00 am

A notion is going about that, just as readers of film reviews receive spoiler alerts, so readers of anything should…

Trigger

11 June 2015 1:00 pm

A notion is going about that, just as readers of film reviews receive spoiler alerts, so readers of anything should…

The rise and rise of the brain fade

6 June 2015 9:00 am

‘Aa-aah,’ groaned my husband, ‘we fade to grey.’ He had never been much of a Young Romantic, even when Visage…

Brain fade

4 June 2015 1:00 pm

‘Aa-aah,’ groaned my husband, ‘we fade to grey.’ He had never been much of a Young Romantic, even when Visage…

The real contest at Eurovision: worst lyric

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Like a reluctantly remembered nightmare, last week’s Eurovision Song Contest already seems very distant. But, in the manner of the…

Eurovision-speak

28 May 2015 1:00 pm

Like a reluctantly remembered nightmare, last week’s Eurovision Song Contest already seems very distant. But, in the manner of the…