Category: Fine words

These articles are about fascinating English words, and about books about words, such as my rare words book, Endangered Words (aka From Afterwit to Zemblanity).

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Where are we?

Where are we? Thankfully, we’re at a publishing crossroads. The article below was first published by New Zealand Book Month in August 2008, the month after Endangered Words was first published (with the title From Afterwit to...

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence, Thomas Szasz

Inspiring quotations

We quote others because their words resonate and reveal, often capturing a liberating truth or ‘bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester’ (Sydney Harris). At times quotations shock or provoke us,...

A levitating book

Fictional dreams (updated)

I mentioned in my last post that, despite having written three non-fiction books, my first love is fiction. The very first piece of advice I received about writing fiction was that I needed to read...

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And the Word Olympics winners are…

I am a firm believer that all words are not equal. Just as some athletes are able to out-perform others, some words majestically out-perform other words and I think it is both helpful and...