This week’s obscure English word is anomie. It means lack of the usual ethical standards. I can think of at least one subculture in New Zealand’s intellectual world that deserves it. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017 Advertisements
Call it lame, but to me word play is king when it comes to jokes. Groucho Marx was a master at it. Especially when it came to exploiting the dangling modifier. I could go all technical on this, but instead I’ll just cite one of Marx’s classics, from Animal Crackers (1930), where as Captain Spaulding … More How to make jokes with a dangling modifier
I use a lot of words in my books. Most of them are words such as ‘and’, ‘it’, ‘the’ and so on. But every so often I try to stretch that vocabulary a bit. Here’s a list of words I’d like to use in future, ideally in the same sentence or two: adiabatic (I might … More Words I want to use in my books
Full beards are in these days, it seems. Especially for those twenty-somethings who cycle past on their designer bikes, sipping designer coffee in a designer take-away cup with one hand while steering with the other. This is the hip way of the future; urbanised, up to the minute, millennial, mobile-enabled. And bearded, if you happen … More Let’s beard like it’s 1849
I figured I should do another Q&A or something, what with my latest history book being out this week . So here are a few things people might not know about me. I’ve had formal training in music, writing, martial arts, anthropology, history, various sciences and some other stuff. Some of it got me university … More Ten things people might not know about me
I figure that if Ludwig van Beethoven had been around today, he’d have been a shred-metaller. You know – a guitar virtuoso who churns out 500-note-a-minute solos on top of complex polyrhythmic backings built around augmented minor chord progressions. Think Yngwie Malmsteen. That’s basically how Beethoven’s stuff was viewed back then by a generation bought … More I figure Beethoven was a shred-metaller. No really.
This week’s obscure English word is covfefe. Until this week it was so obscure nobody had even heard of it. I have no idea what it means. Your challenge? Can you come up with a dictionary-style meaning? In the comments. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017