Dive in, splash around, skim and dip and spout about the latest quotations, metaphors, words and, of course, triologisms. You’ll feel better for it!

For love of a letter

For love of a letter

A letter carried, quite literally, close to the heart, despite the torment its presence provokes. Vasily Grossman's mother died in a ghetto, and...

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A quote to note

Drawing on thousands of sparkling, moving and inspiring quotations amassed during decades of attentive reading. To delight your mind and spirit and improve your presentations beyond belief.

The age of rumours

The age of rumours

Why let facts get in the way of a good prejudice? When John Steinbeck and Robert Capa let people know they were planning to visit Soviet Russia,...

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Of fire and fizzle

Of fire and fizzle

This Hungarian historical novel spans the 19th century including the European mid-century revolutions which pretty much burned out, as summed up in...

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Change whispers

Change whispers

Although this isn't universally true, I liked the idea that great changes can begin with the whispers of a few people. From a compelling...

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Metaphorically speaking

More marvelous metaphors on Mondays … Monday, metaphor day.

As agreeable as …

As agreeable as …

What a satisfying simile for something being agreeable, like the ease and relief of a successful sneeze. How odd that this simile has come to the...

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As naturally as …

As naturally as …

Following the death of her husband, Dorothea dutifully tries to repress a deep wish to meet Will Ladislaw. George Eliot conveys beautifully the...

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The spread of news

The spread of news

It's some time since I noted this simile for the effective spread of news.  Now, re-reading it as we watch the advance of the Covid-19, I realize it...

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Eyes meeting eyes

Eyes meeting eyes

Dorothea stuns a silly, wilful and selfish young woman with her powerful, radiant kindness and, having meant to disdain her, the girl is undone by...

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Triologisms

Bringing you pithy, evocative imagery in the form of three-legged microcosms of meaning. Updated on Tuesdays … Tuesday, triologism day!  You’ll never see this day of the week in the same way again.

Mutton-headed galoots

Mutton-headed galoots

Arthur Ransome's characters have some out of date but still appealing ways to describe their own, or others', stupidity.  I had never heard 'galoot'...

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Hoar-rimed trees

Hoar-rimed trees

A crisp and unusual description of a Russian winter day in its chill beauty. 'White winter had set in with the cruel stillness of cloudless frosts,...

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Lute-shaped sabretache

Lute-shaped sabretache

A fine triologism and, for me, a new word, clearly demonstrating that I don't mix in adequately aristocratic circles. A sabretache is a small...

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Silver-handled flyswatter

Silver-handled flyswatter

Just what you've always wanted, I'm sure. This caught my attention, the existence of silver-handled flyswatters, particularly as it was included in...

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Finely-touched spirit

Finely-touched spirit

A lovely summary of the ineffable subtleties of human beings. Of whom would you say, in your acquaintance, that they had a 'finely-touched spirit'?...

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Dull-eyed neutrality

Dull-eyed neutrality

A fine description of the impartial and indifferent gaze of age that has seen it all, in this case attributed to an old dog. '... while the grizzled...

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Words

Sharing words that sparkle, appeal, intrigue or otherwise grab me, including those in other languages.  And adoring alliteration, new words will be added on Wednesdays… Wednesday, word day.   See you back here then.

The tum-ti-tums of poetry

The tum-ti-tums of poetry

The best and most memorable summary of the difference between an 'iambic', a 'spondee' and a 'trochee', by the author of a marvelous biography of...

The cuckolds’ collective

The cuckolds’ collective

An imaginative collective noun for the poor cuckold, perhaps the last person to see, or believe, what is going on. I wonder if this originally meant...

Imp

Imp

Before reading Drury's splendid biography of the poet George Herbert, I knew 'imp' only as a small being of occasional mischievousness.But it is...

A threatening of …

A threatening of …

What would you associate with 'a threatening'? Clouds? Storms? Thugs loitering on street corners, or skulking in doorways and dark alleys?No,...

Cumbrian sheep counting

Cumbrian sheep counting

Rory Stewart came across these numerals, apparently still used to count sheep by Cumbrian farmers.  They trot off the tongue like spring...

Of farsang places

Of farsang places

A measure of distance which has an echo of 'farflung', though no direct connection.  It means one day's walk or journey, or a day's...

 

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