In Thursday's Quote of the Day, "a passing doctor caught" the toddler who had fallen from an apartment six storeys above. It was very lucky a doctor was in the area at the time to catch this unharmed child. Imagine the toddler had been caught by a librarian, car mechanic, postal worker, etc...
Jonathan, Freising, Germany
Regarding Who, What, Why: What is a 'shellacking'? I suspect the term is rather more likely to have been mutated from shillelagh and the Irish gangs in NY.
Warren, Gloucestershire, UK
Disoriented, PM???? A whole missing syllable? PM's a yank for sure.
Re: Language barrier. The aforementioned north-of-England boyfriend and I have now agreed to call supper "dinner", instead of tea. This article may enlighten other northerners. Clarification for southerners: To a northerner, "tea" is meat and two veg at 6pm and "supper" is biscuits at 9pm. "Dinner" is a big meal, regardless of time, therefore a northerner can have his dinner at lunch time or at tea time. Is that more or less clearer than the rules of cricket?
Susan, Newcastle (previously Kent)
Enough of 'Luff-burr-a', 'Loog-baroog' or even 'Loogerborooger'. When I lived there, it was always 'Low-brow', rhyming with cow.
OG Nash, Doha, Qatar
Fi, Wednesday's letters: Where I dwell, it is uttered as "Bwahahahahaha-th." I'll get my Cloak of Abysmal Dread...
The Dark Lord Z'az'thzar, The Land of Shadow, aka the Isle of Wight
Re: Saturday nights. As I work away most of the time, Saturday nights are for going out for a meal with my family. At least that's what I tell them. So it's neither elaborate nor clever, but it is a highly effective Strictly/X Factor avoidance technique...
Moose, Cambridge, UK
While I haven't seen it with my own eyes, I'm fairly sure there was invisibility before being made famous by Harry Potter.