Whereby: One compound adverb I can get behind.

Updated: Jan 14

For the November 2020 web workshops, I decided to use the 'Whereby' platform. There were several reasons for this.

The main one was that it is a European platform. is a Norwegian platform. I have used it for some time, and I like it. You don't need passwords, numbers, or other specialised entry points. You have a room (or rooms), and you can enter via your web browser. It is easy to use and, importantly, it works fine.

This is nothing against platforms like 'Zoom', which I have also used before. In this 'new world', we are all looking for what works for us. Personally, works for me. I'd be interested to hear what students think.

Interestingly, 'whereby' is a compound adverb. It is made up of the adverbs 'where' and 'by'. This kind of adverb is well known to English lawyers - or should be. And, as English lawyers, we are told we should no longer use them. I will post something about compound adverbs in legal English in the coming weeks.

As I say, I like . They are switched on and very, very helpful. I will, however, consider using other platforms for training purposes going forward: in particular, for the CLEA debates that I want to offer.

If you have any views about training platforms, please let me know. What works for you works for me. By the way, 'Whereby' is not paying me to say any of this! Just so you know.

If you want some insight into Whereby, they produce a really good blog. The link is:


to get behind [something] - In this context, it means to support something, or approve of it.

to be switched on - In this context, it means to be aware of the latest developments; to be up to date.

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