Words, Words, Words: The Typo

typo

There is no getting away from typos. At some time or another you’re going to have to face the indignity of having people laugh at you over the internet for misspelling a word. But don’t worry, it isn’t a sign of stupidity at all. In fact it’s quite the opposite! According to psychologist Tom Stafford, speaking to Wired.com, the fact that we miss typos in our own writing is that we are too busy processing high level information to focus on smaller details. (more…)

Your Questions: The Troubling Orange

where does the word orange come from?

Recently, on the WordSolver Twitter account, we tweeted a fact about oranges!

“There was no word English word for the colour orange until around 450 years ago”.

This prompted inquisitive follower @hyperionempire to query, “What did they call Orange before then? (Both the colour and the fruit)”. Not one to let our followers down, we decided to investigate and blow the lid off this citrusy, reddy/yellow conspiracy. (more…)

Poetry Corner: Haiku

haiku

Poetry is a broad and varied art form. There are many different types of poetry, each dealing with different aspects of life and covering as many subjects as you can imagine. There are different types of poems too. You might be familiar with the sonnet for example, popularised by William Shakespeare. This type of poem has a unique structure and rhythm which defines it. Other poems are defined by their subject matter. The many types of poems are too long to list here, so we are going to look at one of the most popular and widely recognised types of poem; The haiku. (more…)

Game Review: Tapestry Twist 2

tapestry twist 2We usually grumble when someone mentions the “S word”. Why would you want to play Sudoku when you could be expanding your vocabulary with a word game!? When we heard about Tapestry Twist 2 however, we couldn’t resist taking a look…

Word Sudoku
When players fire up the app, they are greeted with a plinky-plonky synthy soundtrack. If you can make it past this toe tappin’ tune you then have a word game to play! Structured in the same way as a Sudoku puzzle, players must use letters instead of numbers from a word provided. (more…)

Words, Words, Words: Ologies

biology is one of the -ologies

We all know at least one “ology”. Biology, astrology, Scientology! But what does the suffix –ology actually mean? The common misconception is that it is always added to describe the study of a certain subject, whereas what it actually describes is the subject itself. Not necessarily the study of it.

The shortest –ology word is “oology”, which is the scientific study of birds eggs and nests. The longest is ophthalmootorhinolaryngology which is the branch of medicine which formerly combined the treatment of eye, ear, nose, and throat.

As with our phobias blog post a few weeks back, we’re going to look at some of the most interesting –ologies, in alphabetical order. Excellent for pub quiz or trivia knowledge! (more…)

Interview: Angela Ramsay – Blank

Blank

We play so many games on our phones and tablets now that getting together with friends and family to sit down to play a board game seems like something of a novelty. The board game is far from dead, but with the growing market of game apps, we wondered if there was any competition.

We spoke to Angela Ramsay, co-creator of unique word game Blank, to get her view of “physical” games… (more…)

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