It's hard to imagine now but in the summer of 1980 what passed for disruptive technology came in a compact plastic box with a cardboard inner sleeve. Ah yes, the cassette - I remember it well. In my first year as a staff writer for the music paper Sounds, I was deluged by the little devils, as bands up and down the country sent me demo tapes after I did the first major published interviews … [Read more...] about C30, C60, C90 – don’t go!
When I was a music journalist back in the Eighties I thought nothing of casually mangling the English language. In those days it was "hip" to use in-jokes, amusing abbreviations, shorthand, wordplay and made-up words to create a vernacular of belonging for the readers. I wince when I read some of the reviews I wrote because the way in which I expressed myself was very much of its time and seems … [Read more...] about A “spesh” time when I played fast and loose with the English language
Following on from yesterday’s post about the overwhelming positivity of the English language, I wanted to take a longer look at the top 50 most positive words as compiled by the University of Vermont after analysing billions of words from a variety of sources. It makes fascinating reading. Here’s the top 10 in full: 1. Laughter 2. Happiness 3. Love 4. Happy 5. Laughed 6. Laugh 7. … [Read more...] about All you need is love, laughter… and rainbows
Having been a writer and journalist for more than 30 years, I never fail to be seduced and intrigued by language. We use words to construct meaning and context for our lives, therefore the language we use is extremely important. So I was fascinated to find out about a recent study that shows English is an overwhelmingly positive language. It started with a mathemetician at the University of … [Read more...] about Oh, what a lovely language!