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11 Jan 2016 Kaput, Kitsch and Wanderlust: We Have Ways of Making You Talk

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...

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20 Oct 2015 To Jaw-Jaw: Rhetorical Techniques used by Winston Churchill

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...

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22 Jul 2015 Extra marital sex? Or extra-marital sex? How to use the hyphen

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...

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24 Dec 2014 And the winner is…

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...

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