Category Archives: Language

“Please will you do my job for me?”

C.S. Lewis offered the following pointer to aspiring writers. It is sound advice to all of us who desire to communicate well. 4. In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the … Continue reading

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Děkuji – Karel Kryl

Karel Kryl was born in German-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1944 and spent much of his life living under communism. He became a vocal critic of the state, using his songs to decry the oppression and violence of the regime – which … Continue reading

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Tough Question…

This one’s prompted by an astonishing conversation with a friend – when I discovered not everyone thinks like this… Tell me I’m not alone? Anyone?

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I’ve been learning a bit about words, and how they’re used, and why they’re used over the past few months. I was going to try and write something about it, but I’ve found that I can do no better than … Continue reading

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I’ve found a new word, which at the moment sums up a feeling that I’ve not been able to put my finger on… Toska (по-русский: тоска) – noun /ˈtō-skə/ – Russian word roughly translated as sadness, melancholia, lugubriousness. No single … Continue reading

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