1. Now that Ratty has been well and truly got, should I change my blog header picture? Although I still enjoy sniggering at it on an almost daily basis, it won't do to become sentimental for the days when we chafed under the ignominious yoke of the rodentocracy. And I do have heaps more pictures like that one to pick another from.
2. Is it 'in parenthesis' or 'in parentheses'? Seems to me it should be the former - a parenthesis seemingly coming into existence only when the closing bracket and opening bracket are both present. But earlier today I read the latter printed in a multi-award-winning work of literary fiction. Said novel also included numerous, misplaced, commas and the word 'guage', though, so it's not a reliable guide. Those toffs at Language Log would doubtless vigorously sneer at this second question in its entirety but that only deepens my desire to know the correct answer. And perhaps to blog away the approaching summer in a series of posts of increasingly dust-smeared and thin-lipped pedantry.
3. Was it maybe a mistake to cook my puddings in cloths instead of in pudding basins?
4. Do you now, or did you ever, knowingly ask for Stamina Self-Supporting Trousers?