Scrotum, a word too far for kids?

Susan Patron was on a roll. An author and librarian, she wrote a book for nine to twelve year olds called The Higher Power Of Lucky. It got a decent print run of 10,000 copies to start off with. Then it won the Newbury Medal, considered to be the most prestigious...

The word is disco

This is completely unrelated to anything The Word is actually about, but what the hell. I saw this driving along today and thought it was probably the coolest thing I had seen in a long time. So, I thought I’d share it with you all.When you see something like...

The most memorable spoken words

Here in Australia, the national broadcaster conducted a poll to determine the all time most memorable speeches. ABC Radio National received 5,000 responses to its call for the public to name speeches that they considered to be unforgettable.Dr Jane Connors, ABC Radio...

To Luntz, the art of bending truth with words

Have you ever wondered just how much word choice can affect perception? Obviously, the greatest writers are the ones that can say exactly what they mean with perfect clarity. Check out the quote from Mark Twain at the top of my sidebar on the right – he says it...