The #$*! power of &£!^% words

Certain words have vast emotive power. I am sure you can think of a few. Miscarriage. Spider (to some people, including me, at least). Rape. These are words that have that power because of what they mean – the images they bring up in our minds. Other words have emotive…

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Once upon a time…

…there were no books. I know, I know, it hardly bears thinking about. A world with no books sounds ghastly. So soon enough, someone invented books. Or writing, at any rate. The Sumerians used clay tablets, the Egyptians used papyrus. The Chinese were the first to crack the secret of…

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