Fillers A memorable teacher

Asking the right questions

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7326.1393 (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1393
  1. Hugh Saxton, retired radiologist
  1. Stockbridge, Hampshire

    I was listening to the news during one of many times of tension in Israel. Most people spoke about “Hebron,” but some of the Israeli settlers said “Hevron.” It was like smelling a long forgotten odour. I was taken back to 1944 and to French lessons with Mr Hudson-Davies, a tall, rotund, bespectacled man whose passion for etymological connections often led him to stray outside the curriculum. I could see and hear him emphatically booming “P, B, V, and F are the same letter.”

    I realised that this was …

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