Some Chaucer Factlets
Mar 12, 2021 | General Interest, Literature |
The Semi-Colon – What’s the Point? ...
Mar 27, 2020 | General Interest, Literature |
English Words that Used To Have Vastly Different M...
Nov 15, 2019 | General Interest, Literature, Trivia |
5 Words Introduced to the English Language by Rudyard Kipling
Jun 21, 2019 | General Interest, Literature, Trivia |
Shakespeare is often credited as a the most prolific contributor of many of the words we use today in the English language. However he's not the only venerable writer to do so. Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, was also a highly prolific contributor, coining and popularising many words and phrases still in use in modern English.
Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – more than just a good story
Dec 7, 2018 | Literature |
Insults We Should Bring Back
Sep 4, 2018 |
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.Read More
Emoji Shakespeare – Can you Guess what the Shakespeare Quote is from these Emojis ?
Jul 31, 2018 |
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 nameRead More
English Words that Used To Have Vastly Different Meanings To What We Understand Today
Jul 10, 2018 |
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.
What did Middle English (the language of Chaucer) Sound Like ?
Apr 17, 2018 |
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 ?Read More
Are you an April Fool or April Wizard : Can You Spot the Fake from the Real ?
Apr 3, 2018 |
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 ?Read More
20 Old English Words to Revive : From Apricity to Jargogle to Widdendream
Mar 20, 2018 |
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.Read More
Aroma Chemistry : What Causes the Smell of Old & New Books?
Mar 13, 2018 |
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.Read More
Twas the Night Before Christmas – A Poem that Shaped Modern Santa
Dec 22, 2017 |
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’Read More
Interesting Factoids about Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
Dec 15, 2017 |
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”Read More
Good News for Bibliophiles – Reading is Good for You Physically as well as Mentally!
Oct 17, 2017 |
At last, Science has confirmed what every bibliophile has always suspected … READING IS GOOD FOR YOU !Read More
From Galumph to Nerd to Blatant – 10 Beautiful Words Coined by Famous Writers
Oct 10, 2017 |
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.Read More
Reading Ancient ‘Unreadable’ Texts Lost for Centuries
Aug 18, 2017 |
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.Read More
Love Books? – 7 Words every Bibliophile Should Know
May 16, 2017 |
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.Read More
Did Chaucer ‘invent’ Valentines Day ?
Feb 14, 2017 |
Did Geoffrey Chaucer invent Valentine’s Day? – In this article we look at how he may have influenced it.Read More
Winnie the Pooh – A Real Bear with a WWI Story
Oct 4, 2016 |
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.Read More
More Milligan Magic
Aug 12, 2016 |
Some humerous poetry from the wacky world of the master of mirth … Mr Spike Milligan.
I’m not frightened of Pussy Cats.
They only eat up mice and rats,
But a Hippopotamus
Could eat the Lotofus