Interesting origins

The derivation of well-known words and phrases. Many familiar English words and phrases have interesting derivations, and because Britain was once a great sea power, a surprising number come from…

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Voting now on for the Oddest Book Title of the Year

Forget the Oscars. The finalists for the 38th Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year have been announced. The seven finalists are: Behind the Binoculars: Interviews with Acclaimed…

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Causes of death in Shakespeare’s plays

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The pedants’ revolt

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Prolific writers

According to Guinness World Records, L. Ron Hubbard is credited with having the most published works by one author (1,084). But the man who once said, “You don’t get rich…

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For aspiring writers …

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Secret writer’s tools – The G&O Style Guide

Pacman or Pac-Man? Phony or phoney? Post-modern or postmodern? At some point in your writing you’re going to need a style guide. Many publishers use the definitive Chicago Manual of…

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30 awful analogies

As Abraham Lincoln once said, “The problem with the internet is that you can’t always rely on it’s accuracy.” The awful analogies below are widely attributed to quotes taken from…

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17 quotes about writing

Easy reading is damned hard writing. Nathaniel Hawthorne …I have this one nasty habit. Makes me hard to live with. I write… Robert A. Heinlein Those who write clearly have…

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Why is English spelling so weird?

A 4:03 distraction from your writing … Now get back to work!

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