Why yes, it’s proof of time travel, or not

Here’s a conundrum for you. Back in 1860, Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (1793-1865) worked up this little scene.  A woman, walking along in a pose very familiar to us today, is about to be confronted by a suitor bearing a flower. The painting was titled ‘Die Erwartete’ (‘The Expected’). So was Herr Waldmüller a … More Why yes, it’s proof of time travel, or not

The obscure word of the week is judgement

This week’s obscure English word is judgement. Or judgment. It’s not obscure of itself, of course, but what’s interesting – and somewhat obscure – about it is the spelling. Usually we’d associate differences of this kind with United States or British English. But this time that’s not entirely true. ‘Judgment’ is usually standard US spelling, … More The obscure word of the week is judgement