Simon Horobin

Simon Horobin is Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He is the author of The English Language: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2018), How English Became English (OUP, 2016), and Does Spelling Matter? (OUP, 2013). His latest book Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language will be published in November 2019. He has appeared as an English language expert on radio and television programmes such as Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show and Radio 4's Stephen Fry's English Delight.

Recent blog posts by this author

Lost in translation: five common English phrases you may be using incorrectly

English is a language rich with imagery, meaning and metaphor – and when we want to express ourselves we can draw upon a canon replete with beautifully turned phrases, drawing from the language’s Latin, French and Germanic roots, through Chaucer and...