jest (vb)
He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Mortar fire in Afghanistan. By Sgt Rupert Frere RLC, via Wikimedia Commons. Licence: Public domain.
further (adv.)
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), Letter to Robert Hook
View from The Pinnacle in the Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia. © David Iliff, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0.
must (vb)
Sing willow, willow, willow:
Sing all a green willow must be my garland.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), ‘Othello’
Peacock butterfly on pussy willow. © Richard Bartz, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.5
ourselves (pron.)
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
William Hazlitt (1778-1830), ‘Political Essays’
Queen’s Official Birthday Parade, 2007. © Jon, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0.
instead of (prep.)
The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. You climb up a railway instead of a beanstalk, and at the end there is a wonderful new world.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), ‘My African Journey’ (1909)
Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. © Carine06, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0.
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Heathcoat’s Bobbinet
Music: Sir Arthur Sullivan
John Heathcoat’s lace-making machine created thousands of jobs, and gave ordinary people clothes they could never have dreamt of.

IT was the dream of most framesmiths at the turn of the nineteenth century to make machines that could mimic hand-made lace, but it required a dextrous twisting of the threads that they could not reproduce.

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Word Play

Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Although. However.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Twist. Lay. Make.

Use together in one sentence: Law. Dextrous. Lap.

More games: Précis. Sevens. Jigsaw. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

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Germany’s Secret Weapon
As a last, desperate throw of the dice in the Great War, the Germans detonated an unusual kind of weapon in St Petersburg.

THE Czar had abdicated on March 15, 1917. The statesmen of the Allied nations affected to believe that all was for the best and that the Russian revolution constituted a notable advantage for the common cause.

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Much Ado About Nothing
Music: William Byrd
Don Pedro’s brother John tries to ensure that the course of true love does not run smooth.

FLUSHED with success in battle, Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, repaired to Messina in Sicily for a well-earned rest in the house of the Governor, Leonato. With him went two Italian lords, Claudio and Benedick, and his stepbrother, Don John.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Jealous. Envious.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Place. Trust. Repair.

Use together in one sentence: Too. Surprising. Rest.

More games: Sevens. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

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Mountain of Light
Music: Arvo Pärt
St Bede says that Christ’s Transfiguration should remind us that we live in two worlds at the same time.

INTENDING to display his glory to his disciples, he led them to a high mountain, to teach everyone who wishes to see this not to wallow among base pleasures, or serve fleshly enticements, or cling to earthly desires, but to rouse himself towards what is above by the love of things that are eternal.

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Word Play

Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Earthen. Earthly.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Base. See. Lead.

Use together in one sentence: All. Justice. Everyone.

More games: Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

Lambert Simnel
Music: Sir Hamilton Harty
Henry VII must decide how to deal with a boy calling himself ‘King Edward VI’.

AFTER he plucked the English crown from that famous hawthorn at Bosworth in 1485, Henry VII could afford to feel secure. He was not particularly liked, but the country was weary of civil war, and his best-qualified rival, Richard III’s nephew Edward, Earl of Warwick, was a mere boy, locked up in the Tower.

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Word Play

Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Appease. Please.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Land. War. Question.

Use together in one sentence: Easy. Like. Become.

More games: Précis. Sevens. Jigsaw. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

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Wild Goose Chase
Music: Muzio Clementi
Sir Walter Scott warned that schoolchildren must not expect to be entertained all the time.

THE history of England is now reduced to a game at cards, and the doctrines of arithmetic may, we are assured, be sufficiently acquired by spending a few hours a week at a new and complicated edition of the Royal Game of the Goose.

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Word Play

Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Novel. New.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Permit. Influence. Approach.

Use together in one sentence: Long. Edition. Reduce.

More games: Précis. Sevens. Jigsaw. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.