Education Secretary Michael Gove hails a new era in schools
- BBC News
Police chief hails crime decline
- BBC News
I should like to become a politician if only to expand my hailing skills. The BBC seems immoderately fond of the word and chucks it in everywhere, but I can't really work out what they mean by it: Greet? Applaud? Worship? I rather like to think of a politician waving frantically at a passing policy and then cursing as it disappears round a corner. I fear that the only thing I have ever hailed is a cab, and the occasional Mary.
The Horologicon is a book of the strangest and most beautiful words in the English language arranged by the hour of the day when you will really need them. Words for breakfast, for commuting, for working, for dining, for drinking and for getting lost on the way home. It runs from uhtceare (sadness before dawn) to curtain lecture (a telling off given by your spouse in bed). It's out on November the first, but you can already order it from these lovely people: