Blackadder | The perfect dinner party | Nancy Banks-Smith | Meeting attendees | Entertaining hymns | Antelope

So Dominic Watt’s research team at York University claim to have discovered 30 lost English words, amongs which is “slug-a-bed” (Opinion, 15 September)? Would this be the same “lost” word used in Blackadder II, wherein the titular character played by Rowan Atkinson rouses the Bishop of Bath and Wells from his drugged slumber with “Wakey, wakey, Bish. You clerics really are slug-a-beds”?
Mark Boyle
Johnstone, Renfrewshire

• David Williams’s suggestion (Letters, 18 September) that the best meeting comprises one person brings to mind the late Greek shipping billionaire Stavros Niarchos. Asked for the ideal number of people for a dinner party, he replied: “Two – myself and a damn good head waiter.”
John Cahillane
Washington DC, USA

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