Author Archives: Louise

To publish, or to release, a book?

Both my dad and one of my good friends are having their (respective) first books published in the coming weeks* — and the suspense is killing me. I’ve got them both on pre-order, and amazon reminds me in red letters … Continue reading

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TGIF: That Gerund Is Funky (April 11)

An endangered species? TGIF: That Gerund Is Funky … The weird word of the week is incarnadine: see definition below. And in the news this week: a grammatical bank robber; a grammatically incorrect and insolent student; no freedom for the … Continue reading

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Are you talking eggcorns?

Dubya: An egghead or an eggcorn? Admit it: at some point you’ve asked yourself this question. When you’re anticipating that awful something that might or might not come to pass, should you be saying “if worse comes to worst” or … Continue reading

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TGIF: That Gerund Is Funky (April 4) – plus WWW

The weird word of this week is hederigerent. See its definition below. In the news this week: a language error by the Ukrainians; some poetic abstract nouns that no longer exist; bad spelling in the baseball stadium; and getting your … Continue reading

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Spelling pigs

We’ve all heard of spelling bees – and we’ll be reading all about them in the run-up to the big bee next month, as kids compete in regional bees around the country hoping to win a coveted place in the … Continue reading

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Humbled — or uncomfortably proud?

When Jonathan Ive — the Apple tech guy behind the iPod and other iDevices — was given a knighthood back in 2012, he spoke of his gratitude and delight: “To be recognised with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I … Continue reading

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TGIF & WWW: March 28

Cockney rhyming slang courtesy A Salt and Battery on Facebook this week The weird word of the week is galimatias: see its definition below. That Gerund Is Funky … In the news this week: a deadly spelling error; sign language … Continue reading

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Celebrating the rule of three on Glosso’s 3rd birthday

Today is Glossophilia’s┬áthird birthday, and to celebrate, we’re taking a gander at the “rule of three” and its important place in the worlds of writing and storytelling. (Here’s a funny little fact: this is Glossophilia’s 333rd post. And thank you … Continue reading

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TGIF & WWW (March 21)

Only one news item makes the TGIF cut this week. And the weird word of the week is facinorous: see below for its definition.   A big piece of news this week – so big that it has its very … Continue reading

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The language of death and dying

I’ve recently marked an anniversary of my beloved partner’s untimely death, and a new musical work addressing the subject of dying is preoccupying my professional mind. We find it hard to talk about death. Even in our commonly unfiltered world … Continue reading

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