Words I Wish I’d Written: Red Tsunami

He looked up at the duchess, towering over him now like a red tsunami over a small fishing village.— Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: Solitary Rocks

A solitary rock is always attractive. All right-minded people feel an overwhelming desire to scale and sit upon it.— Dorothy Sayers, Have His Carcase. … [Read more...]

On the Purity of the English Language

While looking through my old blog posts for this week's blast from the past, I found the following quote on the purity of the English language, on a blog that no longer exists, which I found via a link from a blog that no longer exists:We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.So I said to myself, I wonder who actually said this? Turns out it's a fellow named James N … [Read more...]