Archive for March, 2014


Why Arch Villains Bore me to Death

Sherlock Holmes had Moriarty, Superman had Lex Luthor and so on – right down through the inevitable spill-over into the movies and television, with Jethro Gibbs facing terrorist Ari Haswari and Harry Potter facing dead megalomaniac, Voldemort. The “arch” in arch enemy actually originates from the Greek “arkhos”, meaning “paramount”. Arch villains are supposed to […]

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Ghostwriting cat

No, it’s not called “outsourcing” when a ghostwriter suddenly finds her material being altered. It’s called “Zachary the cat”. While I was staying at my sister’s last week, I caught Zachary editing my article. He was quite smug about it. (Has your pet ever “helped” you write?)

Ghostwriting cat

Word of the Day: Pareidolia

PAREIDOLIA: The phenomenon of seeing faces or figures in nature. For example, I see a fat, nesting chicken in this spectacular lump of ice. The term itself originates from the Greek words “para” (“instead of”) and “eidolon” (“shape”). RELATED WORD: Apophenia: “Seeing patterns in random data”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia) What do you see when you look at […]

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