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The Power of Misfits: a Book for Introverts & Loners Who Feel Like They Don’t Fit in

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my book The Power of Misfits: How to Find Your Place in a World You Don’t Fit In. I wrote it for all introverts, loners, socially anxious people, and deep thinkers who, like myself, feel like they don’t belong in modern society. As…

This Passage about a Pandemic from Dostoevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ Is Terrifyingly Relevant

If you have ever read anything by Fyodor Dostoevsky, you know that the literary works of this existentialist Russian author of the 19th century are certainly not for ‘light reading’. ‘Crime and Punishment’ is probably his most famous novel and also one of the most difficult to read. First published…

15 Words Shakespeare Invented & You Are Still Using Them

I remember reading Macbeth at school and being instantly beguiled. Here was a world rich with layered meaning, coloured by vivid metaphors and expertly finessed into a captivating moral story. But I didn’t realise at that young age there were words Shakespeare invented that we still use today. I’m not…

British English vs American English: 16 Curious Word Differences

George Bernard Shaw wrote: “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” It’s easy to see why. For example, if an American offered biscuits in gravy to a British citizen, they would likely be met with confusion. Likewise, it’s probably not a good idea for Americans to…

20 Sophisticated Synonyms for Jerk to Use in an Intelligent Conversation

Sometimes I want to describe a situation where a person is a complete jerk, but I don’t want to use that particular word. It’s not that I‘m being pretentious, it’s more that the word doesn’t quite fit the circumstances. It was only when I started looking for alternatives that I…