For most of the 20th century, Received Pronunciation (RP), also known as "BBC English" or "the Queen's English", was the most prestigious accent in Britain. This non-regional accent originated in the upper-middle class of southern England. It was seen as the epitome of refined speech and social standing. Its adoption by the BBC further cemented its standardisation. Why is this no longer the case?
The English language is a fascinating mix of words and phrases from all over the world. While it is primarily a Germanic language, it has been heavily influenced by other languages. Including French. In fact, it is estimated that up to 60% of the English vocabulary is of French origin. This is due to the […]
Journaling is a great way to express your thoughts and feelings, track your progress, and de-stress. But did you know that journaling can also improve your writing skills? Here are some ways that journaling can help you become a better writer. Practice makes perfect The saying “practice makes perfect” is true for many things, including […]
Recently, a lawyer used the term 'straitjacketing' as a verb. Some grammarians were disgruntled. What is verbing and how can we use it effectively?
Telling ghost stories at Christmas time is a tradition originating in Victorian England. How did this come about?
Reading can be very active if you make it so. Gather your post-it notes and let’s explore how we can read to become better writers.
September is Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month. Here are some reasons why writers and editors deserve appreciation.
You'd be surprised at the pitfalls some of the greatest works of our time faced. What bestselling novels initially got rejection letters?
Saturday 30th July is Paperback Book Day. Learn about the history of this medium.
Literary tourism is a way for book lovers to travel. Here are some locations that inspired some of the greatest literary works.
Metaphors are one of the most powerful devices. Nabokov was synaesthetic. What is synaesthesia and how can it help you craft interesting metaphors?