When outsourcing goes bad – a cautionary tale

Back when I was working in a corporate communications office the buzz-word was ‘outsourcing’. Anything other than ‘core business’ (which was never fully defined) could be dispensed with in favour of ‘service providers’. That didn’t mean the work went away, but this ‘rightsizing’ did mean that everybody’s job was suddenly under threat, as loyal and … More When outsourcing goes bad – a cautionary tale

The obscure word of the week is sciapodous

This week’s obscure English word is sciapodous. It means someone who has big feet. You could say ‘Bigfoot is sciapodous’, but it might be redundant in that sense. In point of fact, many words with ‘pod’ in them could refer to feet, drawing from the ancient Greek ‘pod’, as in foot. Take ‘podobromhidrosis’, for example, … More The obscure word of the week is sciapodous

The obscure word of the week is griffonage

This week’s obscure English word is griffonage. It means messy handwriting. It’s actually a pretty good description of my handwriting, which has never been any good since a failed attempt by my primary school to force me into becoming a right-hander. Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word. Copyright … More The obscure word of the week is griffonage