Tag: the handmaid’s tale
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As November comes to a close, so, too, does our Weekly Word Watch. Our final instalment brings our grand total of words watched to 279. These items have highlighted many trends in our contemporary language, including blending (catio, girther, Avocard); suffixing (bitshaming, Catalexit, woke-washing); acronyms (GMOAT, oomf, PRINO); the influence of technology (Animoji, checkout-free, textavism); […]more
‘Blessed be the fruit’ – so goes the standard greeting in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which has recently been adapted for television with the final episode airing the UK this weekend. Living in a post-apocalyptic, authoritarian society in which birth rates have fallen to almost nothing, fertile women – or ‘handmaids’ – are assigned […]more