Word of the month: /ɪnˈvɪdʒɪleɪt/

invigilate Verb: Intransitive British  Meaning: Supervise candidates during an examination e.g. ‘during exams, all she had to do was invigilate’ Origin: Mid 16th century (in the general sense ‘watch over, keep watch’) -  from Latin invigilat - ‘watched over’, from the verb invigilare, from in- ‘upon, towards’ + vigilare ‘watch’ (from vigil ‘watchful’). Pronunciation: invigilate/ɪnˈvɪdʒɪleɪt/ (With … Continue reading Word of the month: /ɪnˈvɪdʒɪleɪt/

Brass Tacks

'Birth, and copulation, and death. That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks; Birth, and copulation, and death.' T.S.Eliot - Sweeney Agonistes: Fragments of an Aristophanic Melodrama (1933) (Read today on an examination script)

Nesting Swans

Seen on my walk with the dogs through Colchester Castle Park this morning. We watched and waited until the male swan decided to sail our way, then we exited stage left. Sharpish. Frank-dog accidentally met a swan for the first time this year - nose to beak. The hissing worked - he's not in a … Continue reading Nesting Swans