Whatchamacallit breaks all the rules
As a family, whenever we play Scrabble, we set the ground rules first – any word that is challenged must be checked in (a very old edition of) Chambers Dictionary. It makes things civilised. Perhaps whoever sets the Wordiply challenge might like to specify the rules – “anesthesiologist” was rightly criticised recently (Letters, 5 March), but on 27 March there was “whatchamacallit”, which is not even in a modern version of Chambers. Play fair, please!
• Those who are following the correspondence on failing hearing (Letters, 21 March) should know of the Wilful Hearing Attenuation Test (WHAT) that our grandchildren apply to their father. I understand that he frequently fails it. Grandpa and I are exempt, as proud wearers of NHS hearing aids.
• Every time I type “Ofsted”, my spellcheck corrects it to “Ousted”. Is it trying to tell us something about the future of this organisation, which is quite obviously not fit for purpose (Editorial, 26 March)?
• Bidisha Mamata, writing about a Catholic group offering free tattoos (Opinion, 22 March), says this is “pure Old Testament from first to last”. Leviticus chapter 19 verse 28 suggests otherwise.
• A headline on your website’s homepage (24 March) offered excellent advice: “UK public warned not to eat Baronet soft cheese after death”. Thank you – I will bear it in mind in the afterlife.
• So Kwasi Kwarteng and Matt Hancock are happy to work as advisers for £10,000 a day (‘He’s a great guy’: Kwasi Kwarteng told fake firm he could introduce them to Boris Johnson, 26 March). What price somebody competent?
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