Two fine collective nouns – a knot of boys and a murmuring of starlings, the one forming and re-forming like...


May you be ever spared barked slogans. ‘Images pass, as brief as barked slogans.’

Source: Edmund de Waal, The White Road (London: Chatto...


Apt use of the kiln as a metaphor to describe the thought process of the man who first created porcelain in...


You can see this magnificent creature's breathing sheen.

‘His surfaces oscillate like the breathing flank of some thoroughbred animal.’



What a magnificent description of the cracked coastline of a broken plate!

‘… breaks the plate into shards. The glaze...


Try it, say ‘negligible’ slowly and see what a crumbly, negligible word it is.

‘His assets are negligible, a word...

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