Tag Archives: Words

7 Tricky Words to Spell in English (And How to Remember Them)

Native speakers of English don’t really realize how absolutely insane some of the rules of the language can be – even teachers of English can sometimes find the rules they need to teach their students dizzying, and with so many exceptions, they often seem a bit more like guidelines that steadfast anchors. English spelling can […]


Kapow! Multilingual Onomatopoeia

Bang! Crash! Whack! No, this isn’t a Batman comic. You’ll probably remember these words and others like them from learning about onomatopoeia as a child. If you weren’t taught what onomatopoeia is, firstly question the standard of education you received, and secondly, know that it is a word that sounds like its meaning. The Science […]


Oo-er Misses: The British Obsession with the Double Entendre

If TV and radio are to be believed, the Britain of the 1960s and ’70s was fraught with sauciness and naughty euphemisms. You couldn’t move for double entendres, with programmes including Round the Horne, Are You Being Served? and more Carry On films than you could shake a stick at gracing our screens. Essentially, a […]


Effing and Blinding: Exploring Expletives

&@!# Somehow, although this collection of characters contains no actual letters, it’s an expletive. A curse, a swear word, a naughty word. Most people who are even vaguely internet savvy will recognize this keyboard smash as a censored swear word, though you’ll have to have a guess at which of the multitude of four letter words I’m […]


Truly Epic Words and Phrases from Mythology

Have you ever finished a conversation wishing your words had a more lasting impression? Do you want your similes and metaphors to sound more intelligent? Then look no further than to the realm of mythology. With an abundance of literature stocked full of literally epic deeds and the characters who performed them, it’s the perfect […]


The German Words We Should All Be Using

If there’s one thing I love about the German language – and one thing German is excellent at – it’s stringing words together to make new words. We do the same in English: sea-lion, armchair, fireplace; but they’re usually a little more straightforward and don’t get anywhere near as long as German words can. If […]


From N00B to 1337: Gamer Talk Dissected

If you’ve ever spent any serious time playing video games, you should be able to translate the title. If not, there’s never been a better time to acclimate yourself with the lingo. Since video games are exponentially evolving in line with Moore’s law, they’re positioned to keep pace with computers and become an increasingly important […]


Sugarcoatings for Sweet Tooths – Euphemisms Explained!

I’m going to send you to Belize. If this phrase has any meaning to you apart from embarking on a tropical vacation, chances are good you’re a fan of AMC’s hit television series Breaking Bad. The phrase is used in the final season of the show as a euphemism for murder. A euphemism, of course, […]


Are You Easily Offended?

I ordered a large pizza last night to share with my roommate after an exhausting day at the office, but being the niggard that he is, he refused to split the cost with me. Instead of bonding with the pianist in the other room, I ended up sitting on my coccyx and watching a TV […]