Rober Fenner

November 25, 2017

One space or two?

Under: Language | Random thoughts

A few years ago I was cured of my two-spaces-after-a-full-stop habit. My client told me her rule was one space only, and since I’m a firm believer in putting dinner on the table, I immediately made the switch. Since then I’ve argued with others who stick to the two-space habit. Well, I need argue no […]

Rober Fenner

March 14, 2014

Speed reading

Under: Business | Language | Marketing | Media | News | Random thoughts

Heard of Spritz? It’s a new app enabling people to read content quickly. It moves the words, so your eye can stay in the same place – and it works. Even the basic demo takes you to 40% faster than a typical reading speed, and in tests people have gone faster still. It’s a particularly […]

Rober Fenner

February 13, 2014

Love poems to my clients

Under: Blog | Business | Language | Random thoughts

Well, it’s nearly Valentine’s Day. I’ve been too busy for too long to give any attention to blogging, but hey, you have to make time for special occasions, and this is one such. So I thought I’d celebrate the day with a few love poems in different styles. In verse as in my working life, […]

Rober Fenner

July 26, 2013

The dehumanising power of the euphemism

Under: Language | News

Steven Neary is 23 and is autistic. He is cared for by his father Mark. They became a news item two years ago when Steven was taken into care against his own wishes and those of his father, and it was only after a court case that he was allowed home. Mark Neary blogs – […]

Rober Fenner

December 19, 2012

The (mis)leading power of the written word. Again.

Under: Language | Media | News

Just over a month ago, around the time Andrew Mitchell resigned, I posted an item with the title I’ve used here (minus the ‘Again’, naturally). In it, I argued that the Minister’s alleged use of the word ‘pleb’ was a case of his word against that of the police, and the fact that the police […]

Rober Fenner

December 03, 2012

The importance of proofreading. Again.

Under: Language | Random thoughts

I came across this only yesterday. I’ll paraphrase the original slightly, because it’s written in a different style to my own: “In 1985, one Bruce Wayne Morris was convicted in California of robbing and killing a man by beating him with a stick and stone. “The time came for sentencing, and the jury had to […]

Rober Fenner

November 26, 2012

Just my type

Under: Language | News | Random thoughts

Last week Brother (full name: Jones & Brother) manufactured the last typewriter to be made in Britain, and it was the end of an era. I used to have a Brother electric typewriter, back in the 80s. There are some people who swear by them, even now – and there are others again who are […]

Rober Fenner

November 21, 2012

Improper nouns

Under: Language | News | Random thoughts

Barack Obama’s touring South-East Asia this week. At one stop on his tour he visited Aung San Suu Kyi, and referred to Burma – but when he met the country’s leader, President Thein Sein, he referred to Myanmar. Names can be a problem, and this is a case in point. Myanmar is the name given […]

Rober Fenner

November 16, 2012

Calls to action

Under: Language | Marketing

More things in life are about selling than we might think. If we’re simply talking about what to have for dinner, or what’s on TV this evening, or whether we need to go to the shops, there’s a sales process of sorts at work. Of course, the more commercial the proposition, the more overt the […]

Rober Fenner

November 14, 2012


Under: Language | Random thoughts

I’m astonished to find I’ve not yet posted about the wonderful thing that is the mondegreen. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s applied to a mishearing of something – for instance, the words of a song or poem. The name was coined by the American writer, Sylvia Wright, who as a child would […]