Word of the day

Lemniscate (noun, maths.) A closed plane curve of two symmetrical loops meeting at a node.  In algebraic geometry, a lemniscate may describe any of several figure-eight or similar shaped curves. Originating 18th century, from the latin lemniscatus meaning adorned with ribbons. Characteristic examples include the symbol for infinity or some representations of a Möbius strip. Advertisements

Recent Reading: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

First published in 1978, Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Bookshop was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, an award which Fitzgerald would later win for her novel Offshore. The novel recounts the efforts of middle-aged widow Florence Green, ‘in appearance small, wispy and wiry, somewhat insignificant from the front view, and totally so from the back’, to open a bookshop in … More Recent Reading: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

Word of the day

Not one this time, but ten! This list of lost words has some evocative and new-to-me items that I’ll be trying out on unsuspecting conversation partners over the next while, though I must admit uhtceare and I are already on speaking terms. There’s also a tumblr for further edification! Enjoy!