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‘What’s in a name?’ said Shakespeare’s Juliet. Well, apparently, quite a lot. From Beliebers to the Beyhive, music fans of every mould and make are choosing to self-identify with monikers that assert their undying allegiance to a given artist, or band. This ‘christening’ of fandoms is nothing new. There were Trekkies long before there were […]more
Forgive me, Bey. For I have sinned. Last Thursday, I called Britney Spears ‘The Queen’ in an over-punctuated, but seemingly innocuous, tweet. ‘So excited for #Glory. Brit is da QUEEN!!!!!’ Oh, you sweet, simple fool. My Twitter erupted in flames. Under fire from Little Monsters, Swifties, Lovatics, and Selenators. Beyonce fans, however, (the Bey Hive), […]more
If music be the food of love, play on, as Shakespeare once said – or had Orsino say in Twelfth Night, at least. (He did go on to add that he wanted ‘excess of it, that, surfeiting, / The appetite may sicken, and so die’, of course, but let’s omit that bit for the moment.) Shakespeare not […]more
Over two million quotations are included in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and, with approximately 33,300 quotations, Shakespeare is the author you’re most likely to encounter when looking up a word. While the Bard’s inclusion doesn’t seem very surprising, the dictionary also cites a number of people whose inclusion is a bit more unexpected. For example, […]more
You’d think writing about Taylor Swift’s use of words would be easy. Everyone knows her style, right? It’s so distinct that she has tried to trademark it. But let me tell you, there’s something ethereal about Taylor’s lyricism – it’s surprisingly hard to settle on any individual words that are markedly hers. ‘It’s because she’s […]more