15 May 2013 Last updated at 21:19 ET Malfunction - Jackson's bodice burst open in a performance at the Superbowl A Magazine feature about some well-known euphemisms got readers thinking about some of their favourites. Here is a selection.
Preliminary drafts representing about 44% of the published text of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four have survived and were reproduced in a facsimile edition published in 1984.
Writing style - using a voice
Condensed wisdom. Photograph: Ocean/Corbis This column has always celebrated brevity and her near relation, clarity. One of the joys of English is that, while its huge vocabulary can be deployed in mesmerising Joycean arpeggios – for example, in Will Self's extraordinary new novel, Umbrella – it can just as easily concentrate its meaning in a few well chosen words. There is, indeed, a dialectic in the canon, between the wordy (Shakespeare; Byron; Dickens; Joyce) and the lean (King James Bible; Dickinson; Beckett; Hemingway).
Unit 3b - Write about an advert you loathe
Mid-2008, hoping at best to receive a signed photo from his idol in return, a young man named Adam wrote to Pete Docter , the award-winning director of Monsters, Inc. and, more recently, Up . In the letter he spoke of his admiration for Docter and, as an amateur filmmaker and huge Pixar fan, mentioned his desire to work for the studio in the future. Lo and behold, months later the lovely handwritten note seen below arrived on Adam's doorstep.
On Tuesday a report appeared on a local news website in Kent about an electronics engineer from Southborough who hasn’t watched a TV programme since 1988. The man, 53-year-old Andrew Lohmann, ditched his television, the article states, when he realised he had developed a bad habit for watching the box. His reliance on TV, he said, had become detrimental to his social life and his interaction with the world around him, so he simply gave it up. The report goes on to document all the ways in which his life improved once he gave up staring at the set for hours on end.
by Maria Popova
17 June 2012 Last updated at 20:59 ET If the Inuit apocryphally have 50 words for snow, why don't British people have 50 words for rain... or at least more words than the few they normally employ, asks Kevin Connolly. As the UK splashes and squelches its way through what's turning into the wettest June on record, the most surprising news of the summer is the inclusion of fake clouds in the elaborate plans for the Olympic opening ceremony.
So close to the exam and my Y11s are still really struggling to answer the 'How does the writer use language to...' (Question 3 of the AQA Foundation paper).
Thank you for all the fab feedback on Slow Writing.
Writing to Inform
Writing to Explain
Writing to Argue
Writing to Describe