In 2006, I came up with (what I felt was) a brilliant idea for a novel. After letting the idea swim in my head for a few years, I finally got the chutzpah to write (and finish) it. After countless read-throughs
Obama and the British Royal Family play it, and its fans are some of the world’s most devoted. So why did the word game almost fail to take off? Hephzibah Anderson has the answer. Fancy a game of Lexiko?
I’ve been told I snore. Apparently it’s a quiet, nasal, snuffly sound, although I’m in denial, because I’ve never heard it. But those long-suffering partners who have to endure the snorers are the tortured
There are some words that are, well, not words. Linguists have a lot of names for them, none especially clear-cut: interjections, exclamations, non-lexical conversational sounds. (For native speakers American
A little-known condition causes people to adopt a new accent – and lose a part of their identity in the process, finds David Robson. Julie Matthias’s family have a game they sometimes like to play after
People get stuck in their heads all the time – some of us more than others. Although it’s lovely to ponder life and inquisite about yourself, the problem is that the majority of our thoughts are not so
Annegret Raunigk, a German woman, is at the age of 65 to give birth to quadruplets this summer. The news has elicited oratorios of comment: a chorus of disapproval, followed by a descant of cries of “Double
As Sir Michael Holroyd - husband of novelist Dame Margaret Drabble - admits to having 'romantic relationship without sex' with a theatre critic, Rowan Pelling says there is something beautiful about a