‘Half of you will pass’: my old high school’s pre-exam morale booster

I made some lifetime friends when I was at Napier’s Tamatea High School in the late 1970s. I caught up with one of them a week or two back and had a bit of a chat about those days, a time when ‘the word’ was ‘Grease’ and few knew that Becker and Fagan had named … More ‘Half of you will pass’: my old high school’s pre-exam morale booster

The obscure word of the week is adoxography

This week’s obscure English word is adoxography. It means fine and praiseworthy writing on a subject that is fairly trivial or meaningless. Apparently in the Elizabethan period, schoolchildren were taught writing in this style. I think it’s a wonderfully evocative word. Thanks to Tom Burkhalter for the heads-up about this one. Your challenge: write a … More The obscure word of the week is adoxography