July, 2024 Word Stories

A lot has changed over the centuries, but sporting events still provide a very public stage for the high drama of tragedy and triumph. This Word Stories instalment shines a spotlight on the long pedigrees of some common words related to athletic effort and competition.

June, 2024 Language Matters

Some words charm the ear with pizzazz and others thud without melody, but can word sounds exude other qualities: size, shape, or even disgust? Enter the world of sound symbolism!

May, 2024 Word Stories

Will you be celebrating International Tea Day on May 21? From a word lover’s point of view, it’s a good time to reflect on the impressive history of our daily caffeine fixes. Take a quick coffee break, then, and savour these delicious, stimulating stories of the world’s favourite hot drinks.

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