Why Words Matter Newsletter Nov '20
Us again! A new month is upon us and we hope you’re keeping safe and sane.
With Lockdown 2.0. looming in England and Wales going into its second week, we decided to share some lighter links with you this month. Remember to let us know if you’d rather not receive our emails, we won’t take it personally.
And let’s jump straight in!
1. The Time Traveller dictionary tool - Merriam-Webster
Ever wondered what words were first used the year you were born? Who hasn’t, right? Right. Well, the Merriam-Webster dictionary has a fun tool that allows you to select a year and discover what words made their first appearances in print. You’re welcome. Bonus: check out their word of the year for 2019 too, because words also deserve prizes.
We often miss the small things because we’re not paying attention. But when we do, we can find real joy in the detail. Sometimes you can even find secret messages hidden away in unexpected places. The next time you pick up groceries, be sure to check the folds and flaps of the packaging - you may be surprised!
3. The Pause Manifesto - the Do Lectures
We don’t know about you, but if we’ve learned anything from 2020, it’s that hitting pause and taking some time to reflect and be present can do wonders for the mind. (That, and that people overestimate their toilet roll needs.) Anyway, the nice people at the Do Lectures share how to give yourself permission to slow down, appreciate the small things and reset.
4. Accidentally Wes Anderson - photography
If you love the symmetry and popping colour of Anderson’s films, you’ll love this wonderful site that explores distinctive design and architecture at stunning locations around the globe. Just one of the treats we found thanks to Lauren Pope’s 10 Things newsletter - sign up if you haven’t already!
5. Semantic traps: why vague words are risky - Anne-Laure Le Cunff at Ness Labs
“If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Or so George Orwell said in 1984. Vague (and over-used) words, no matter how well-meaning, can mislead people and influence their good judgement. As this piece argues, it’s essential we use concrete words to give the right meaning to what we say. This is especially true now: as we drown in fake news, it could be the difference between swimming or sinking.
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Nia and Adrián
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