Watercooler

30 Mar 2021

BIZARRE FACTS THAT PROVE REALITY IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

You’ve likely heard the famous quote from writer extraordinaire, Mark Twain, that says, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it’s because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” But just how strange can truth be? In this fascinating article from Buzzfeed, they give 42 examples of weird true facts that will be sure […]

22 Jan 2021

STRANGE AND UNBELIEVABLE MYTHS ABOUT WRITERS

When you think of a writer, what image comes to mind? An eccentric hermit who locks themselves up in a remote cabin, stays up all night writing, and drinks far too much alcohol? Like most stereotypes, these are not generally an accurate depiction of reality. In fact, most clichés about writers couldn’t be further from […]

25 Nov 2020
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HOW OUR FEARS HAVE CHANGED OUR LANGUAGE

If you’ve read any of the Harry Potter books, then you know all about “he who shall not be named.” However, it may surprise you to hear that the practice of not speaking the names of the things we fear—and instead calling them by something else—is actually something that’s been done since the beginning of […]

04 Sep 2020
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THE BENEFITS OF USING FILLER WORDS IN YOUR WRITING

Filler words really get a bad rap. You know the ones I’m talking about: “um”, “uh”, “like” … And hedge words, such as “just” or “kind of,” are treated just as badly. According to this article from the Harvard Business Review, though, using filler or hedge words in your speech and writing can actually be […]

28 Aug 2020
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25 BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRING WORDS TO EXPAND YOUR VOCABULARY

As human beings, we use language every day to convey thoughts and ideas, describe our feelings and emotions, to argue our points, and to convey directions.   And, as writers, we at TWFH use language even more than the average person. Very rarely, though, do we actually sit and think about just how beautiful language […]

14 Aug 2020
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STAYING CONNECTED WHILE WE’RE DISCONNECTED

In these uncertain times of Coronavirus and quarantines, we have all had to find different ways to adapt and change the way we do things in our lives. TWFH came face to face with this challenge while trying to plan a “going away” party for our wonderful senior editor, Stephanie. We wanted to find a […]

14 Jul 2020
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BUYING A CAT IN A SACK AND OTHER FUNNY IDIOM TRANSLATIONS

Languages are fascinating and funny things. And there are so many sayings and idioms that we use in our every day speaking that we rarely think twice about. But if you ever try to translate idioms from one language to another, you realize just how strange some of the things we say really are. Take […]

07 May 2020
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EMOJIS DELAYED BY THE CORONAVIRUS

The 2019 novel coronavirus has changed our lives a lot in the past couple of months. From transitioning to remote learning and remote working, to wearing a mask in public, it’s amazing how different our lives are now from just three months ago. And it’s crazy to think of the multitude of things that the […]

02 Apr 2020
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GOOD NEWS TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR DAY

It’s no secret that people are feeling a bit down these days. With shelter-in-place orders, businesses closing, and news stories that sound like some kind of post-apocalyptic novel, it’s no wonder people are struggling to stay positive. It is during times like these, though, that it is increasingly important to look for the beauty and […]

05 Dec 2019
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WORDS THAT CONTRADICT THEMSELVES

If you have read our blogs Why the English Language is a Writer’s Nightmare and Are There Any Synonyms for Synonym?, you are well aware that we think the English language is crazy and confusing. But, have you ever taken the time to actually stop and think about just how crazy it is? We have […]