Author: Sarah Turner

If you’re the kind of person that thinks ‘hiya’ is too casual, ‘hey’ is too American, ‘howdy’ is waaaay too American’ and ‘wassup’ should only ever be uttered in an ironic way, chances are you probably say ‘hello’ when you meet someone or write to them. But did you know that ‘hello’ as a salutation is a fairly recent development?In...

This is a guest blog post from Abby King, copywriter, blogger, social media manager, English graduate and all round talent. The first piece of writing I remember being truly proud of was my biography on the life of Mr Blobby. I must have been five or six at the time. It was exciting to see something my mind had conceived...

Turner Ink is on the move. Not far. Same building different floor. But an office move is always a good opportunity to have a bit of a clear out. This never happens of course because I’m a total hoarder. The upside of being a hoarder is that the stuff you hang on to for a ridiculous amount of time eventually...

So I was interviewed recently by the rather fabulous Katherine Widman of Haydn Grey fame, for her occasional series about the lives of writers, designers and other creative bods. In it I managed to out myself as a One Direction fan, recite Elvis lyrics, share a story about a squashed Mars bar and reveal that my favourite book is by...

“How do you spell schlep?” said a colleague in the office the other day. “Why?” I replied. “Because I’m Whatsapping my friend to tell her I think it’s a bit of a schlep from the bus stop to the bar.”Schlep or shlep, comes from the Yiddish word shlepn which means an arduous journey (from a bus stop to a bar)...

Who else is watching Deutschland 83 at the moment? It’s Channel 4’s German language TV series about the Cold War. Set in 1983 (obvs) it has a great soundtrack that includes New Order’s Blue Monday, Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics and Modern Love by David Bowle (RIP).So far, I’ve learnt about four words of German. But it got me wondering...

I was thinking about Winston Churchill the other day, as you do. Actually I was mostly thinking about some of the rhetorical devices Churchill used in his speeches, such as anaphora. And that’s because I’d written different sectors, different clients, different countries in some copy and I was explaining to the client how that was ok.Anaphora, you may recall is...

Ahhh the poor hyphen. Of all the horizontal punctuation marks, it’s the shortest and fattest and a little bit unloved. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary culled 16,000 of the little blighters back in 2007, squishing previously hyphenated words together or dropping the hyphen completely.The humble hyphen is used to join two or more words together to form a new...

This year's Turner Ink Christmas card featured my favourite type of lingo: slaaaaaaang.And if you're wondering what the heck they said - here are the translations.Cockney Rhyming Slang After Christmas kidney, turn off the custard and take the oxo or a sherbet to the rub-a-dub with a couple of chinas, then spend your bangers or cadge some bread for a few...

As a paid up sarf Londoner, there’s nothing I like more than a bit o’ slang, be it street, polari or cocker-nee. Unfortunately, I don't get to write it much in my everyday copywriting life. Strange that.So for a giggle, this year’s Christmas cards are written completely in slang. If you can fathom what they say, you could be in...