I’ve Gone Viral, but Not the Way I’d Always Hoped

This COVID-19 makes me sick I don’t think the reason I’ve come down with symptoms indicative of COVID-19 is that I’m a frontline nurse in the British NHS, but because I made the following joke in a recent story of mine: “Never say c’rona virus, that’s how I contracted it” This pandemic is the stuff … Continue reading I’ve Gone Viral, but Not the Way I’d Always Hoped

Can We Make Kindness Contagious Too?

And no, viruses do not come from Germany! Teacher: Okay Emily, make a sentence using the word ‘contagious’Emily: Yesterday our neighbour started painting his whole house with a two inch brush and my dad said it’s going to take the contagious As a frontline clinician in the middle of a pandemic, there are two lessons … Continue reading Can We Make Kindness Contagious Too?

Is There Room for the Double Entendre in Modern Day Society?

It’s not as big as you think What’s rude, dirty and has been making people laugh for centuries? The double entendre. The double entendre has been slipping in and out of British culture since at least the 10th century. The first use of double entendres can be found in The Exeter Book, (circa 990 AD). … Continue reading Is There Room for the Double Entendre in Modern Day Society?

Why Did the American Comma Break up with the British Apostrophe?

Because it was too possessive Fleetwood Mac didn’t spend £1,000,000 on cocaine to make Rumours just for you lot to refer to one of the best bands in the world with only a singular collective noun. Why restrict yourselves like that? There is a huge difference in the use of everyday words of British English … Continue reading Why Did the American Comma Break up with the British Apostrophe?

Self-Deprecating Humour Linked to Better Mental Health, No Joke

I wish I was smart enough to understand this Many of us assume self-deprecating humour is used as a smokescreen for insecurities. However, a study published in 2017 found that making yourself the butt of your own jokes demonstrates higher levels of contentment and self-assurance. I make loads of self-deprecating jokes, but I’m just not … Continue reading Self-Deprecating Humour Linked to Better Mental Health, No Joke