ETHEL - Next Zoom Meeting

Tues 26th October, 10 am: ETHEL,

Topic to be announced

For more information email Pam Upton

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Exploring the English Language


An opportunity to study some of the many varieties of English.

We use written texts, sound recordings and especially members’ own experience, to discuss how language changes over time and in different contexts.

Where and When

Venue: Tesco Community Room, Tesco Supermarket, Park Rd, Loughborough, LE11 2EX
Frequency: Monthly
Day: 4th Tuesday
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Other Information

Group Charge: None: no charge, apart from possibly a small contribution towards refreshments.
Group Size: 18

Contact Details

Group Leader: Pam Upton
Telephone: See Members Area

ETHEL - Zoom Meetings

Tues 24th August, 10 am: ETHEL, and
Tues 22nd September

Effle duz spellin
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ETHEL - Zoom Meeting

Tues 22nd July, 10 am: ETHEL,

ETHEL goes Stateside where we will explore American English

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ETHEL - Next Zoom Meeting

Tues 22nd June, 10 am: ETHEL,

Too easily beguiled by the antics of the landed gentry in ‘Pursuit of
Love’, ETHEL is preparing to tackle the delicate question of U and non­U English ­ and whether it still matters. The group will debate toilet v. lavatory, lounge v. sitting room, what v. pardon and other examples of linguistic etiquette. Now Ethel is off to learn how to talk posh.

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ETHEL - May Zoom Meeting

Tuesday 25th May, 10 am: ETHEL,

when we plan to look at examples of occupational/sport/hobbies jargon. Do you know a Canadian Bacon from a Beef Carpaccio (and we're not talking food!)?
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ETHEL - April Zoom Meeting

Tues 27th April, 10 am: ETHEL,

Translating English into BSL (British Sign Language)
Speaker - Helen Hamston

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ETHEL - March Zoom Meeting

Tuesday 23rd March, 10 am: ETHEL,
'More Gobbledegook'

Ethel’s erudite and effervescent coterie of linguistic cognoscenti foregathered on their virtual conferencing platform to cogitate conjointly on the convoluted circumlocutions of gibberish, hogwash, bunkum and baloney.

The term was coined by Texan lawyer Maury Maverick and was apparently inspired by the sight of a turkey ‘always gobbledy gobbling and strutting with ludicrous pomposity’.

I’m sure Ethel has not been the only one gobbledy gobbling during lockdown, but she can’t resist a bit more ludicrous pomposity, so next time the group will be sharing some more examples, before considering what constitutes ‘plain English’. Then Ethel can stop talking like Leonard Sachs of the Good Old Days – and put the Thesaurus back on the shelf!

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ETHEL - Feb Zoom Meeting

Tues 23rd February, 10 am: ETHEL,


The group will be looking and laughing and probably groaning at examples of official gobbledygook, aka: gibberish, claptrap, bilge, bosh and baloney.

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