No, not that sort of colourful language. (Although – did you know that random typographical symbols to indicate swearing without actually swearing has a name? It’s called a ‘grawlix’. Thanks to the estimable (and entertainingly foul-mouthed) Strong Language blog for that little gem.) This is more of an annex to my two-part post on the… Continue reading Colourful language
This is the second part of my post about colour and the psychology of colour: if you missed it, the first part is here. Choosing a corporate colour (or colours) When choosing a corporate colours, a company will generally choose something that matches their business type and aims, or at least something that conveys the… Continue reading The wonderful world of colour (part 2)
Most people will by now have seen the story about a debated Oxford comma that won a group of Maine delivery drivers the right to overtime payments. (An Oxford or serial comma is the one used before the words “and” or “or” in a list of three or more things. Some people argue that it… Continue reading What’s the difference between a cat and a comma?
I have been spending a lot of time recently thinking about colour, and particularly the psychology of colour, which is the study of how different colours make people feel and act differently. Admittedly this sounds like a lot of ‘woo’ but is apparently true.* I have spent so much time thinking about this, in fact,… Continue reading The wonderful world of colour (part 1)
Like many people who love words, I am a huge fan of the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett. I know of few writers who play with words to such brilliant effect, making you simultaneously cry with laughter and see the world in a new way. In honour of the second anniversary of Sir Pterry’s death,… Continue reading A man is not dead while his name is still spoken
Some years ago, this image popped up in my Facebook feed. It made me smile, so I saved a copy to the desktop of my work PC, for purposes of private amusement at a later date. Eventually, as with anything you see all the time, I stopped noticing it was there and pretty much forgot… Continue reading #iseefaces: why people see faces in inanimate objects
A few weeks ago I read an article about the origins of English county names. It’s an interesting, well-written article and definitely worth a read, except for one little statement towards the end: “There’s also the Isle of Wight, at one time a part of Hampshire, but today a proud and independent county whose name… Continue reading Guess I’m all Wight…