Insults We Should Bring Back
Sep04

Insults We Should Bring Back

There’s something deliciously satisfying in a well timed, properly placed insult or barb. In this article we look at a rag tag collection of insulting words and phrases we think should be brought back along with a miscellany of insulting zingers and factlets.

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Emoji Shakespeare – Can you Guess what the Shakespeare Quote is from these Emojis ?
Jul31

Emoji Shakespeare – Can you Guess what the Shakespeare Quote is from these Emojis ?

Shakespeare’s plays and quotes are always a good source for visio-cryptic style quiz questions. So in this article we’ve gathered together some cryptic Emojis we found floating around the internet, so see how many of Shakespeare’s eponymous quotes, or names of his plays you can name

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English Words that Used To Have Vastly Different Meanings To What We Understand Today
Jul10

English Words that Used To Have Vastly Different Meanings To What We Understand Today

How would you rate your vocabulary ? Average; Better than Average ; Exceptional ?
It may not matter how good you think your command of English is because in this article we reveal some surprising revelations about some of the words, you may have thought you had a thorough understanding of, had, in point of fact, some VERY different meanings in the past.

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What did Middle English (the language of Chaucer) Sound Like ?
Apr17

What did Middle English (the language of Chaucer) Sound Like ?

English, with all its vagaries and annoying inconsistencies, remains the single most important and influential language in today’s world. English language has been subsequently divded into about 5 distinct periods. Middle English, the language of Chaucer, is one of the most notable. But what did it sound like ?

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Are you an April Fool or April Wizard : Can You Spot the Fake from the Real ?
Apr03

Are you an April Fool or April Wizard : Can You Spot the Fake from the Real ?

A lot of what we think we “know” to be true can sometimes turn out to be no more than clever fiction. In this article we’ve got a list of literary facts (or not) as the case may be. But can you tell the truth from the fiction ?

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20 Old English Words to Revive : From Apricity to Jargogle to Widdendream
Mar20

20 Old English Words to Revive : From Apricity to Jargogle to Widdendream

As language evolves, new words are born and others die out. In this article we look at some delightful English words that time has forgotten.

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Aroma Chemistry : What Causes the Smell of Old & New Books?
Mar13

Aroma Chemistry : What Causes the Smell of Old & New Books?

Are you a Bibliophile, someone who loves books? If you are you’ll know the joy of buying, collecting, owning, (smelling?), touching and of course reading these textual marvels. As a bibliophime, is one of your favourite pecadillos the scent of a new book or the musky thrill of an old books smell? In this article we look at the chemistry behind that guilty little pleasure otherwise known as Bibliosmia.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas – A Poem that Shaped Modern Santa
Dec22

Twas the Night Before Christmas – A Poem that Shaped Modern Santa

Much of our modern idea of Santa Claus comes from a very famous poem, the 1823 work ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’. More commonly known by its first line, ‘’Twas the night before Christmas’

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Interesting Factoids about Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
Dec15

Interesting Factoids about Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

A Chrismas Carol’ is a story firmly embedded into the British psyche and traditions surrounding Christmas. In this article we’ve gathered together some of the more curious, and rather interesting factoids about Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

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Good News for Bibliophiles – Reading is Good for You Physically as well as Mentally!
Oct17

Good News for Bibliophiles – Reading is Good for You Physically as well as Mentally!

At last, Science has confirmed what every bibliophile has always suspected … READING IS GOOD FOR YOU !

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From Galumph to Nerd to Blatant – 10 Beautiful Words Coined by Famous Writers
Oct10

From Galumph to Nerd to Blatant – 10 Beautiful Words Coined by Famous Writers

If you look at the number of words in the English language you’ll find that estimates vary between 500,000 and just over 2 million, depending on how you count them. You will find that some of these words were simply “made up” by various authors at one time or another but they’ve proved so popular that they’ve entered our everyday lexicon like Galumph, Nerd, Namby-pamby, Factoid, Serendipity and many more.

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Reading Ancient ‘Unreadable’ Texts Lost for Centuries
Aug18

Reading Ancient ‘Unreadable’ Texts Lost for Centuries

Any Bibliophile will appreciate, or at least empathise (if you’ve never had the opportunity), the exquisite pleasure of gazing upon an ancient book or scroll and reading the words engraved on its pages hundreds or thousands of years ago.

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Love Books? – 7 Words every Bibliophile Should Know
May16

Love Books? – 7 Words every Bibliophile Should Know

Are you a Bibliophile, someone who loves books? If you are you’ll know the joy of buying, collecting, owning, (smelling?), touching and of course reading these textual marvels. In this article we introduce you to some words I think every Bibliophile should know.

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Did Chaucer ‘invent’ Valentines Day ?
Feb14

Did Chaucer ‘invent’ Valentines Day ?

Did Geoffrey Chaucer invent Valentine’s Day? – In this article we look at how he may have influenced it.

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Winnie the Pooh – A Real Bear with a WWI Story
Oct04

Winnie the Pooh – A Real Bear with a WWI Story

It may surprise you to know that the lovable bear, Winnie the Pooh, is actually based on a real Bear. A Canadian bear actually with a direct link to World War I.

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