What’s a busman’s holiday? I take many!

Let’s talk about the idea of a busman’s holiday.

No, not the Granada game show of the same name from the 80s and 90s (this is becoming a theme!)

Just the leisure activities that you do which are not a million miles away from your day job.

You may be able to tell from my recent posts that I eat, sleep and breathe words. And I always knew that I wanted to work with words. If you can make your hobby your job, then you’re onto a winner.

Over the years, kids that have taught have speculated on what I do for fun when I am not in the classroom! ‘I bet you go home and read the dictionary,’ someone will usually chime.

Touche! I am that cliche. Though perhaps not a dictionary, but an etymology. The day I discovered that Google dictionary has the drop-down option to look at word origins – well, that sent me down an internet rabbit hole I’ve since disappeared to many a time.

I read books about language change, too. They’re always fascinating. I love Cumbria’s own Melvyn Bragg’s ‘The Adventures of English’ and Bill Bryson’s ‘Mother Tongue’. 

Family holidays – usually in the UK – will always involve finding the local library. You can tell a lot about a community from its library. And it’s always a great place to go to avoid downpours!

Spoken-word events, open mic nights, the Brontë Parsonage museum, the John Rylands library – a busman’s holiday to one of these places always nourishes my enthusiasm for words.

Taken a busman’s holidays of your own recently?

Let me know.

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