20 Unintentional Innuendo Book Titles

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Rudyard Kipling once apparently said: “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind” and I believe this to be true. Writers create worlds with their words, sparking images in people’s minds, and inspiring others to ponder upon things they may not have done before.

Words can be a wonder.

Sometimes, however, our words can make ridiculous jokes, we can interpret things the wrong way, and laugh at images conjured where they were not intended.

This is one of those times. Welcome to the world of unintentional innuendo…

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Missing Oxford Comma Costs Dairy $10 million

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Here at For Reading Addicts we’re often seen promoting the use of proper grammar, but so often we’re told that good grammar doesn’t matter. Well here’s proof it does, as a legal wrangle ends in a $10 million bill for a dairy company, and it’s all over a missing Oxford comma. Read More

10 Words That Have Crossed the Atlantic

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Linguistics expert and fellow reader, Dr Lynne Murphy, regularly blogs about her observations of the ever-adapting English language through her online alter-ego Lynneguistic (I know, haha!)

She recently caught our attention on BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth with Michael Rosen with their discussion on how US and UK words are being shared, loved, and hated on either side of the pond.

Many people in the UK use the word ‘awesome’, for example, and possibly the same amount cannot stand the hyperbolic use of the word. In the USA the phrase ‘baby bump’ is causing many grimaces as well as many giggles, while UK swear/curse words such as ‘wanker’ are breaking through thanks to social media, film and television.

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Did a 19th Century Phrasebook Inspire Monty Python?

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In the 1800s a Portuguese man named Pedro Carolino gave a brave attempt to write a phrasebook for those learning the English language.

‘English as She Is Spoke’, or ‘O novo guia da conversação em portuguez e inglez’, was supposed to help those with Portuguese as a mother tongue to converse with English speakers. The only problem was that the writer spoke little English himself, and the end result of his clumsy translations was just a little strange…  Read More

Jokes to Make a Reading Addict Smile

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All Reading Addicts need a bit of a laugh now and again so we have scoured the internet for some of the best literary puns, bookish jokes, and wordy funnies around. A little bit of fun wordplay can brighten up even the dullest days for many readers and writers, especially when it is particularly clever… Or particularly daft.

We hope to make you giggle, groan, and guffaw!

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Twenty Tricky Tongue Twisters

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Language is an amazing thing, it can be used to comfort, to warn, to reassure, to frighten, to make us cry, and make us laugh. The English language is particularly complicated and there have been plenty of rhymes that demonstrate the contradictory nature of British English and how it is easy to confuse even the most knowledgeable of native speakers with just a few well chosen words. Read More

Celebrating the Birth of the Emoticon and its Pictogram Cousin Emoji.

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There is a little contention surrounding when the emoticon was first created, and by whom, with the first apparent sighting being in a 1648 poem penned by Robert Herrick. However this is said to be a typo, along with the ‘winking smilie’ President Lincoln was reported to have written into his speech in 1862.

It has been since noted that the first documented sighting of the Smiley and Frowny emoticons that we know and love (?) today was in 1982.

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OED Adds Six ‘Dahlesque’ Words for Centenary

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The whole world has gone crazy for the biggest Roald Dahl Day ever, as we celebrate one hundred years since the author’s birth. Dahl was a steam train of imagination, so much so in fact that there’s an entire dictionary of Dahl’s words and phrases, and now to celebrate the centenary of the author’s birth, the Oxford English Dictionary is adding six new words to the mainstream language too. Read More

A Dictionary Full of Victorian Slang

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I love how language is always in a state of flux, constantly changing and evolving with words coming into and falling out of fashion. From the recent ‘don’t be jel be reem’ that is now so last year to the current fashion of having one’s eyebrows ‘on fleek’ the English language is a rich stew of words taken from and adapted from languages around the world or simply made up and popularised through social media.

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