Mark Forsyth

Give Yourself A Word Workout

In these post-Christmas weeks, everyone’s going on about weight and healthy eating, but nobody worries about developing language and communication. We only use a fraction of the words available to us. The Oxford English Dictionary currently holds 171,476 words in regular use and 47,156 obsolete words. By comparison, the Chinese dictionary has 370,000 words. We have a regular […]

Think You’ve Mastered English? Read This.

  This is not a piece designed to show off clever long words, but to reveal that English is more complex than you’d imagine. In the process we’ll go from Virginia Woolf to Tom Jones. Follow me there. An article republished from a US journal appeared in the Guardian this morning. Researchers have been trying […]