Iâ€™m very glad that Jane McAdoo remembers the Great Guardian Diary Loofahs from all those years ago (Letters, 4 February). I still have them: one skinned, one unskinned. They donâ€™t get a lot of use now but are often admired. Until the seeds finally worked their way out, the unskinned one was also a handy rattle/baby distracter. My wife and I have interrupted our marmalade-making to send this.
(Guardian Diary editor in the good old loofah days) Thrupp, Oxfordshire
â€¢ Last week I went to the local library to borrow Made in Scotland by Billy Connolly. Not finding it in the biography section, a helpful librarian thought it might be under comedy, but it was not. She eventually located the book in the foreign travel section. A sign of things to come?
â€¢ I am sorry to tell Patti Whaley (Letters, 5 February) that her â€œproperly-hyphenatedâ€ adjectives are not properly hyphenated. â€œProperlyâ€ is an adverb and as such doesnâ€™t need hyphenating to the adjective it is describing.
â€¢ The key to understanding Boris Johnson (Journal, 4 February) is to take his words literally. â€œIncredibleâ€ and â€œfantasticâ€ mean just what they say: unbelievable fantasies.
â€¢ On 5 February, in the Yorkshire Pennines, the crocuses were in full flower; not so many years ago we would have still been under snow.
Elland, West Yorkshire
â€¢ Atrophied (Wordwheel, G2, 4 February)? This 88-year-old made Aphrodite (and marmalade).
Sturminster Newton, Dorset
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