Posts by Max Cryer

“I will do thy bidding gently…”

Richard Wagner was  devoted to his King Charles spaniel named Peps, who  actually participated  in his master’s composing.

Wagner’s biographer H.T. Finck records that Peps constantly sat near Wagner when the composer was at the piano. Sometimes Peps would leap on to the table and peer into Wagner’s face, howling piteously.

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Curious words – Max Cryer

From Max Cryer’s  CURIOUS English words and phrases – the truth behind the expressions we use:

Google

 The Google internet search engine was invented by  Larry Page and  Sergey Brin in 1998. The name was chosen because it evoked the  similar word,  ‘googol’  – which is a real word – a mathematical term denoting a figure followed by 100 zeros.

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Max’s Dogs

Dog JacketFrom Max Cryer’s book  Every Dog has its Day

Richard Wagner was  devoted to his King Charles spaniel named Peps, who  actually participated  in his master’s composing.

Wagner’s biographer H.T. Finck records that Peps constantly sat near Wagner when the composer was at the piano. Sometimes Peps would leap on to the table and peer into Wagner’s face, howling piteously.

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M’aidez or Mayday?

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From Max Cryer‘s  book ‘Is It True?’

The distress call ‘mayday’ is English for the French term m’aidez.

 Using the word ‘mayday’ dates from 1923, when a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport was asked to think of an easily understood  word which could indicate distress.

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