Sinister sounds: How the phonetics of scare words amplify their meaning
John Kline reflects on how scare words like ‘racist’ and ‘hate’ are designed to rattle us.
Christmas travels … from cover to cover
(4 minute read) The loss of freedom to travel has brought frustration and anxiety to many. Leonard Franchi suggests ‘travelling’ with the imagination until the restrictions are eased.
Word warping in a time of pandemic
(5 minute read) Ronnie Convery finds himself having a grammar meltdown as he ventures out after lockdown.
The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Why writing is wonderful
Humans have used the written word for centuries, yet it is being replaced by computer work-processing. Harking back to medieval literature, Jasmine Jones discusses the beauty of writing, and our duty as humans to appreciate and preserve it.