Wednesday Words (15)

Each Wednesday I present to you a loveable word and what it means. These are words that look or sound pleasing. This week I have a list of words for you!

When asking people to nominate their favourite words, I noticed that while there was a huge variety of words, some characteristics came up over and again. In particular I noticed that I was offered a lot of words with an i-consonant-l sound to them – e.g. words ending in –ickle, -ible, -iffle etc.

Here were some of the words suggested:

Crunching the Literature

In Writing Magazine last month there was an article about a new book by Ben Blatt called, Nabakov’s Favourite Word is Mauve. The book apparently (I am yet to read it but I can’t wait to start!) combines two wonderful things: literature and statistics.

Ben Blatt analysed several hundred copies of novels from literary classics like those by Austen and Dickens, to recent bestsellers like the Twilight books and novels by James Patterson. From these he worked out fascinating statistics on things like word frequency, adverbs and cliches.

Wednesday Words (14)

Each Wednesday I present to you a loveable word and what it means. These are words that look or sound pleasing. This week I give you…

Telemetry.

Wednesday Words (13)

Each Wednesday I present to you a loveable word and what it means. These are words that look or sound pleasing. This week I give you…

Lullaby.

My Life in Books - Ulysses

The books on my bookshelves and the bigger stories they tell…

Ulysses by James Joyce was first published in 1922 by SYLVIA BEACH. The edition pictured here was published in 2010 by WORDSWORTH CLASSICS. I read Ulysses as part of the BBC Big Read Top 100. Many of the books on that list became firm favourites of mine; this was never going to be the case with Ulysses. It was a tough read. So tough I had to read a few sections at a time and then read something else to give myself a break. At times it made me feel stupid – I literally couldn’t follow some of the sentences and I needed to read Wikipedia’s outlines of each section just to follow along. When I finally finished I only gave it 310 for enjoyment. So why is it important to me?