As my fellow mollydookers will know, the world is a tough place. From can openers (talk about can’t openers) to scissors, and hockey sticks to spiral-bound notepads, some things are just plain awkward. Left itself comes from the Old English lyft, ‘weak’ (the left-hand side being regarded as the weaker side of the body) and, […]
Hey, English speaker! Congratulations. You speak a language that straddles the globe like nothing before. Statistically, English is unlikely to be your first language and you are likely to be from an educated background. Again, congratulations. Here are ten things that you may not have known about this wonderful language of ours: 1. It is […]
Consider yourself a bit of an oyster aficionado or a sushi connoisseur? Clams to crayfish, scallops to salmon: if you take pride in your knowledge of all things seafood, now’s the time to prove yourself. Take this quiz to determine how well you really know your seafood terminology!
9 August is National Book Lovers Day in the USA, which is pretty much the best holiday ever. Not only do we get to celebrate books, but we get to celebrate the people who read books. Whether you’re reading at the gloaming (i.e. the best time of the day to read) or dawn, or in your […]
The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus included sections labelled ‘reflections’ by some notable writers, including Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, and Joshua Ferris. In the second of an occasional series looking at these reflections, we’ve excerpted David Foster Wallace’s thoughts about various words. All the extracts below are by David Foster Wallace, and can be found in […]