‘Genuinely incredible’ | Nearly 30, by Joe Woodhouse

Snapshots of Modern Life. I was introduced to the poetry of Joe Woodhouse through his posts of haiku on Twitter. I really enjoyed this collection of haiku, rhyming, and prose poems. The poems are snapshots of modern life; many dealing with the pitfalls of technology such as two of my favorites “The Death of Pillow […]

Étui | Words We Caught This Week

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Étui: a small, usually ornamental case for holding articles such as needles. https://www.thefreedictionary.com/etui Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share étui with you because our website is an étui of sorts. That is, it holds articles… OK, they’re not needles, but still! Here’s an example of it in use: The étui […]

Hodiernal | Words We Caught This Week

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Hodiernal: belonging or relating to the present day. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/hodiernal Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share hodiernal with you because sometimes ordinary English words like ‘today’ simply don’t cut it. Here’s an example of it in use: We better get that job done now, before closing time. It’s a hodiernal matter, […]

[description]Workhouse, by Ray Noyes | Publication Day

Wordcatcher Wednesday - Publication Day!

We’re excited to announce that Ray Noyes’ latest title, Workhouse has been released today as a paperback. It’s been a tough year, but we’ve made it through this far. The ebook edition came out earlier this year, as we wanted to get this fantastic book into as many hands as possible as soon as possible. […]

Quarender | Words We Caught This Week

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Quarender: a dark red apple. http://phrontistery.info/q.html Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share quarender with you to remind you to eat your five a day! Naturally, a quarender is a wonderful choice. Here’s an example of it in use: ‘No, Snow White!’ he shouted. ‘Don’t eat that poisoned quarender!’ What can […]

Surprising Legacies of the Workhouse | Ray Noyes

Of course, the workhouse system did not last forever. People like Charles Dickens wrote of the terrible conditions they saw, and philosophers and social scientists like Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Thomas Carlyle rallied against it. So too did the Chartists! Therefore, by the end of the nineteenth century, we saw the beginnings of our […]

Bibliopole | Words We Caught This Week

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Bibliopole: a bookseller, especially a dealer in rare or used books. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/bibliopole Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share bibliopole with you since we initially thought this one was a misspelling of ‘bibliophile’, and don’t want anyone else to make that mistake! Here’s an example of it in use: ‘Do you […]

Challenging Crossword for Authors #2 | Friday Fun

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for some fun! Every Friday we have something you to help you get rested and relaxed for the weekend, from word searches to crosswords. This is our second challenging crossword for authors. I think we’ve ramped it up a little this time, but I know you’re all more than ready […]