Dr Seuss – collected works to form study guide

The Dr Seuss Study Guide - what a great idea. The Bank of England is using Dr Seuss books such as Cat in the Hat as models when training bank staff to write. Seems they found their complicated reports - I'm thinking for example the one that tackled the Quantitative Easing Asset Purchase … [Read more...]

New book on word use, grammar a riveting read – really

It's been a while since I sat down to read a book about grammar - on purpose. I'd heard about Steven Pinker's latest The Sense of Style - the Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century so was keen to crack it open. The book is great entertainment. Who'd have thought it? The author, a … [Read more...]

No one knew a newel post like Mike Nichols

My step-daughter was using the phrase newel post at the age of six. And we have Mike Nichols to thank for that. The actor, producer, director and comedian died last month at 83.  In the media coverage that followed I learned that he'd directed movies like The Graduate, Working Girl, Silkwood and … [Read more...]

Imbued with insouciance; trying to use beautiful English words

I just came across a beguiling list - 100 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language. (Beguiling is not on it, but I think it should be.) The word list is beguiling because in my opinion it draws you in and makes you want to say - then use - all of … [Read more...]

Getting a handle on hoi polloi

A quick post on a reference that can confuse me - hoi polloi. I have to remind myself that it means the majority or the many - in Greek. I sometimes think it means the opposite. There's more. I came across this fact while reading Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn: " "I want to go to the police … [Read more...]