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Beware of basorexia this February

News, Word of the month|

Be very careful. It’s the month of St Valentine and soppy cards, so you could easily be afflicted by this condition. You see, ‘basorexia’ is a sudden urge to kiss someone. And we’re grateful to emotions expert Tiffany Watt Smith for bringing us the word and its definition in her new encyclopaedia, The Book of Human Emotions. In [...]

Ditch the excess baggage

Business writing|

One thing that never ceases to strike a chord as a really easy way to sharpen up your writing is redundant phrases. You know, little words and phrases that we all use through habit and custom, but which on closer inspection are totally unnecessary

Word of the month: conniptions

Word of the month|

If some smart Alec repeatedly drops words into conversations you don’t understand, purely to show off the diameter of their planet-sized brain, you might justifiably suffer a fit of ‘conniptions’...

Doolally origins of English language

General musings|

Here in Britain, home of the Empire and all things historic, we like to think we exported all the finer things around the globe – most notably, Her Majesty’s English...

Words – they just keep on comin’

General musings|

Greedy things, dictionaries. No matter how many words you stuff them with, they’re always hungry for more...

Word of the month: slumgullion

Word of the month|

What a satisfying, visual word 'slumgullion' is, evocative perhaps of the rat-infested bowels of a ship, or an unpleasant condition of the lower intestine...

Adopting the write approach…

Writing tips|

Our recent piece on George Orwell's tips for better writing went down so well that we've decided to see which other authors' musings on the craft are worth investigating...

Heart-braking

Bad grammar|

As business copywriters to scores of companies in the UK and overseas, we at Wordsworks Towers like to think we do our bit to improve the world’s grammar and punctuation.