The acronym ‘SPQR’, for Senatus Populusque Romanus (‘the Senate and People of Rome’) was proudly emblazoned across inscriptions and military standards throughout the Mediterranean – a reminder that Rome’s people (theoretically) had the last word.Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart Captain Mike Yates Corporal / Sergeant / WO1 John Benton The Doctor Dr.John Ayto is a lexicographer and a writer on words and language.He began his dictionary career as one of the editors of the first edition of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, and over the past twenty years he has produced a range of his own books on the history and use of words, including the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins, the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang and Twentieth-Century Words, a survey of the new words that came into the English language during the twentieth century.What made the Romans different, however, is that they created two distinct creation myths for themselves.In the first it was claimed that they were descended from the royal Trojan refugee Aeneas (himself the son of the goddess Venus).By late 1920, pressure from these quarters and uneasiness among the staff of the licensing authority, the General Post Office (GPO), was sufficient to lead to a ban on further Chelmsford broadcasts.
That's what 'bottler' means in British slang: a person who lacks the courage to go through with something. It all goes back to a rather strange use of 'bottle' to mean 'bravery' or 'nerve', which has been around for nearly a century now.
Gordon Brown had recently taken over as prime minister of Britain in 2007, and he'd been thinking of holding a general election, to confirm his leadership.
Then he suddenly seems to have been struck by terrible doubts over whether he'd win, so he decided not to have an election after all.
It's not an egg, it's a UFO', accompanied by some shocked emojis.
The same image has been doing the rounds on Instagram and Twitter, where shocked users fiercely debated the topic.