Lunchtime on Tuesday 12th September saw journalist and editor Mark Broatch joined in-store by local author Catherine Robertson to discuss his new book, Word to the Wise: Untangling the Mix-Ups, Misuse and Myths of Language, published by Exisle Publishing. Originally started as a personal project to help himself differentiate between words with similar appearances or meanings, he soon realised that such a guide would be useful to other writers or fellow language enthusiasts. An eager crowd of like-minded souls gathered in the shop to hear Mark and Catherine discuss common mix-ups such as ‘disinterested’ and ‘uninterested’, the slow death of paper dictionaries, the effects of the internet on language (not always bad!), and how language evolves over time.
Word to the Wise: Untangling the Mix-Ups, Misuse and Myths of Language can be purchased in-store and in our online shop.