An excerpt from Handbook For Mortals.
A toast to Vera!
Some fun links for a lazy Friday.
Ben Zimmer looks at how we combine words to make new words.
Take our personality survey, and find out what kind of person you are.
Jenkins reflects on the Lancaster House conference on “Islam and Muslims in the World Today.”
Even a quick look at the history of words meaning “break” shows how often they begin with the sound group br-. Break has cognates in several Germanic languages. The main Old Scandinavian verb was different (compare Modern Swedish bryta, Norwegian bryte, and so forth), but it, too, began with br-.
Exciting news at OUP! Jim McPherson has won the The Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
Ben’s Place of the Week is Huiricuta Ecological and Cultural Protected Area, Mexico.
Dan Ozzi looks at Chuck Close.
Elizabeth Beck has been kind enough to answer a few questions for OUP about her experiences with death row inmates and their families.
In the article below Beck explores the tales of two men, one who is facing imminent execution.
An excerpt from John Mullan’s ‘How Novels Work’ to get you in the mood for summer reading.
Peter Heather tells OUP that he is a sucker for Sherlock Holmes.
In our last instalment, I noted that the increasingly common spelling of minuscule as miniscule is not just your average typographical error; it makes sense in a new way, since the respelling brings the word into line with ‘miniature’, ‘minimum’, and a whole host of tiny terms using the mini prefix.
Paul Collier looks at our guilty decisions.