Saturday, September 2, 2017

Raising The Spectre Of Being On Opposite Sides - Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım of Turkey

Under the headline ‘Turkey and Russia agree sale of S–400 missile defense systems’ Debka reports that Turkey and Russia have reached agreement on the sale of Russian S–400 missile defense systems to Turkey with the final decision to be made by the executive committee of Turkey’s defense industry, as disclosed by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım last Friday. He also said, defending Turkey as a NATO country buying arms from Russia, that his country was working with Russia and Iran in Syria and “there should be no reason for the United States and Turkey to be on opposite sides.”

Who has raised the spectre of the United States and Turkey being on opposite sides other than in this statement by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Milton neologisms

John Crace in the Guardian

According to Gavin Alexander, lecturer in English at Cambridge university and fellow of Milton's alma mater, Christ's College, who has trawled the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) for evidence, Milton is responsible for introducing some 630 words to the English language, making him the country's greatest neologist, ahead of Ben Jonson with 558, John Donne with 342 and Shakespeare with 229.