Drafts mostly related to It's All in a Word (2009, Profile): US edition All in a Word (2010)

Word Tests

Texts on Words

Misc  information

Understanding  Shakespeare

Words and thinking

What's in a Word?


Vocabulary size:
basic words 

Arbitrariness of meaning

What is a word?


Unique written words

Pig Latin

Vocabulary size:
advanced words
Where do words come from? 
British dialects What does a word mean?
American or English words What are dictionaries for? Babytalk words
Guessing in context EasyTalk; are long words better? British words for alleyways; chares
Vocabulary learning

Powerful plurals - pronouns and status


Saying No


Tip of the tongue 

New Words


English names for foreign parts


Can you talk black?


Chaucer's new words


How old is your language?

Shakespeare's new words



Meaning and Words

English words in Japanese

French words in English

Indian words in English

Forming new words


Word Games:
Letter arrangement
(Slovakian translation, Bosnian translation)

Sound symbolism

Proper names that become words


General Semantics

Letters with meaning

Science Fiction Words


Dr Johnson's Definitions
Word associations Forms and types of words Basic English
Measuring meaning Gassers and Slashers: Doctor's Slang


Nicknames Rule



Children's Words

Content versus structure words

Relative Words

L2 Vocabulary Learning Strategies


Children's early words

Structure words list


L2 Vocabulary 


Words and the National Curriculum


Reduplicative Words
Children's two word stage Official Words of Praise
How do children learn words? 

Plural: mice and mouses


Infixes inside words



Collocations in English

YouTube Clips
Wine words

Simplified vocabularies - Political correctness and thought control

Words matter (videoed lecture)

"Thus we talk of free enterprise, of capitalist societies, … as though all of these words stand for the same things they formerly did. Social institutions are what they do, not necessarily what we say they do. It is the verb that matters not the noun." Aneurin Bevan, In place of fear