Real words: anatidaephobia

“Anatidaephobia: the fear that somewhere in the world, a duck or a goose is watching you. Not attacking or touching, just watching you …” The word first appeared in a…

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Quote: Stephen Fry

“Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it. That is your punishment. But if you never know, then you can be…

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Writing isn’t easy …

Writing isn’t easy and, even after you’ve been doing it for a few years, you’re still a novice. If you want to be a successful writer, be prepared to work…

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Using zombies to spot the passive voice

Writers are generally encouraged to avoid the passive voice because … well, it’s passive. Take sentences like: My car was stolen yesterday. The meeting was called off. The window was…

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Things you don’t know you know

“Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac.”

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