Word of the Year – Gaslighting

Gaslighting has been decreed the word of the year by at least one dictionary. By definition,…

Verbal Riffs

A lot of modern music that is popular in the West is recognised as a fusion…

Can a Vigil be both sad and lively?

On Saturday 19th November I was helping at a vigil in Coventry. Called ‘Counting Dead Women’,…

On Shrieks and Bangs

No, I’m not talking about the recent Halloween, or the fireworks on bonfire night. Instead I…

News – Chaucer Cleared of Rape!

Geoffrey Chaucer, the author of The Canterbury Tales, has been hailed as the father of English…

CENSORED!

Elon Musk has finally bought Twitter and many people have heralded this as a new era…

What Killed the Encyclopaedia?

For hundreds of years, right into the twenty-first century, many Western households would have at least…

Is the Oxford Comma in Good Health?

Therese Coffey is the new Health Secretary in the UK Parliament. The NHS is in crisis…

The Late Hilary Mantel on Love Letters

Hilary Mantel, author of the Wolf Hall trilogy and two times winner of the Booker Prize,…

Meet American Author Susan Lynn Solomon

A former entertainment attorney, Susan Lynn Solomon is the facilitator of the Writer’s Critique Group that…

Chautauqua – and the assault on free speech.

At 10.45am on 13th August 2022, Salmon Rushdie stepped onto to the stage at the Chautauqua…

Consider the Optics

Newspaper articles increasingly use the word optics rather than look. More often than not it is…

Less is More (Or Something Like That)

Those of us of a certain age, were brought up believing that fewer must be used…

9th August 1849, The Last Public Hanging in Coventry UK

It is a quirk of the English language that pictures are hung (in a gallery) while…

‘Sex’ or ‘Gender’?

Back in the day, when I studied Latin at a girls’ grammar school, I learnt that…

The Generation Game

Have you, like me, wondered exactly what is meant when a newspaper runs an article on…

‘Dog Days’ – from a dog’s perspective.

It promises to be hot over the next few days. Not just hot – a record…

On Hobbies

People reading this blog may have deduced that I like words – specifically where words come…

Sound a Horn to Start the Jubilee Celebrations

  Lucky Brits get two days holiday at the end of this week. One is the…

Sadomasochism – What Kind of a Word is that?

We have all heard of the words sadism and masochism, and probably used the terms separately…

Hold the Front Page!

My first problem as a writer has been composing a compelling opening paragraph. The harder I…

The case of the Flying Uterus

Once, as a young undergraduate, I was given a lift by an older student who said…

Stratford Literary festival

In 2019, The Stratford Literary Festival invited local authors – by local I mean indie and…

World English

When it comes to the English language, scholars of linguistics can sound a bit Anglo-centric, though…

A Burning Issue

Burning books is a bad thing. It is censorship of opinions, little better than burning people…