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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Beware of the mole: a rant.

Flipping moles!

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside you get headlines like this in the Telegraph's online edition:

Wet season leads to mole explosion in gardens.

Good grief, that must be even worse than buying half a pound of tuppenny rice and half a pound of treacle.*

Take cover!!!!!!

Word To Use Today: explosion. This word arrived in English in the 1600s. It comes from the Latin word explodēre, which also meant to explode.

*In the words of the old rhyme:

Half a pound of tupenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
That's the way the money goes
Pop goes the weasel!

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