Tag: etymology

Get to grips with this graphic list of writerly words

Words with 'graph' as their root

As a standalone word, a graph is a diagram showing the relation between variable quantities – usually measured along a pair of axes at right angles. In Linguistics, it refers to a visual symbol representing a unit of sound or

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Brighten up your day with these colourful idioms

Coloured tubes to portray colour idioms

After visiting an eye-popping Op Art exhibition on the weekend, I felt inspired to research idioms about colours, shapes and patterns. In fact, I’m surprised I haven’t covered them already as part of my series! It turns out there are so

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A (not so) brief lesson in Latin abbreviations

Latin abbreviations

As writers we’re often encouraged to keep things short and to the point. After all, “Brevity is the soul of wit”.[1] Many of the abbreviations we rely on in everyday English have Latin origins. In fact, the word abbreviation derives

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