Word of the day

Otiose  (adj) serving no useful purpose, producing no result or effect; (rare) indolent, lazy, disinclined to exertion I came across otiose used in this review of David Crystal’s new book which he co-wrote with his wife Hilary. I always enjoy David Crystal’s books, I have since I first encountered him while studying linguistics at university, … More Word of the day

Word of the day

Clerestory (noun)  In architecture, a wall rising above adjacent rooftops and having windows admitting daylight to the interior. A common feature of Gothic and Romanesque cathedrals, a clerestory provides light and air to what otherwise may be dark spaces. A clerestory may also be a design feature of modern homes. Originating in the 14th / 15th century, from late Middle English. Norwich Cathedral, a view of … More Word of the day

Neck exercises

I write at a beautiful desk. It’s solid and sturdy and a little old-fashioned, qualities I value which probably tell you more about me than the desk! I received it as a gift and despite causing the biggest challenge when it came time to move house, it remains one of my most treasured possessions. All … More Neck exercises