Spring has sprung….dammit

Whoever put together the WordPress ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’ was getting positively frisky by this stage: “Turn, turn, turn. For many of us, winter is blossoming into spring…which season do you most look forward to?” Here in France, the four seasons are quite distinctive, which I suppose makes a pleasant change after our ten…

Sticks and Stones

“No, thank you. If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?” There’s not much point in trying to ban words. Certainly, there are some words that represent ugly concepts, but banning the word wouldn’t abolish the ugliness represented by┬áthe sound, or its look on the page. Forbidding…