Clarity

The street with two names

Clarity: Did the king have more than one scholar, and how many owned the passage? Conflicting road names throw up a possessive puzzle My sister pointed out the differing road names as we ambled to a restaurant in Victoria one evening: King’s Scholar‘s Passage and King’s Scholars’ Passage. Always on the look out for grammar, spelling …

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How would you name clouds?

Little fluffy ones? Massive mushrooms? A mackerel sky? There’s fun to be had describing clouds, but we’ve got Luke Howard to thank for a naming system that the world understands A derelict building in Tottenham bears the English Heritage blue plaque for Luke Howard, the ‘namer of clouds’. Cumulus, stratus, and cirrus were categories devised by …

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