40 literary terms you should know (and 4 reasons why)

40 literary terms you should know

Why should you read and/or bookmark this list?

1) It is interesting and informative. If you don’t know the meaning of bildungsroman or hamartia, you need to read this.

2) I found it via Elmo Keep. Once upon a time, Elmo taught me all about teh interwebz at university, and I probably didn’t do all the recommended readings for that course, so we can (collectively, retrospectively) make up for it now by reading something recommended by her.

3) The self-referential humour in entry #30 is quite self-referentially humorous.

4) Entry #40 is one of my favourite words: verisimilitude.

Go forth and learn!

Chess Letters, Book Letters, [Bachelor of] Legal Letters.

No time to blog.

Too busy studying.

Would rather be playing

{ Type Chess Set by Wary Meyers via The Jailbreak }

Or maybe choosing a Book That I Actually Want To Read, from

{ Letters Bookshelf by Pieter de Leeuw via Design Milk }

Instead, there are only four letters on my mind right now:

B.  LLB.*




*…Okay, technically it’s B. Comms/LLB. But in the final 5 days of 5 years’ study having secured the “Comms” bit last semester, and now with only 2 exams to go — those 2 Ls and Bs are my only (very significant) academic concern right now.**


** If I had more free time I’d throw something in here about blubbing, study lbs, and curious palindromes. But I haven’t, so I shan’t.



Sweet (Caramel) Typeface; Sweet (Almost) Freedom

I have finished my honours thesis.

And after an amuse bouche of post-thesis antithetical freedom, now all that stands between me and the end of 18 years of study (at this end, 5 years of University: 2 undergraduate degrees) is… 19 days, 3 assessments, 2 exams, and a whole lot of study.

Until then, I’ll satisfy my sweet tooth with this delectable caramel typeface.

{ Karamel Sans CE by Marta Maštálková, via dezeen }

OH how I adore caramel.

But I would still give all the toffee* in the world for the impending freedom flitting sweetly on the near horizon.

*Even coffee as well. Seriously.

Too Busy To Blog

{ Speech Impediment by Dr Tempau on flickr }

What can I say? I’m currently juggling the penultimate semester of  combined Journalism & Law undergrad degree; copy editing The Full Bench, UTS Law Students’ Society’s law journal; writing magazine features and editing online content for Specifier three days a week; immersing myself in yoga every day except Sunday; rocking on with my party people as many nights as I can; all the while managing a full-blown chronic internet/twitter/facebook addiction. Oh, and because I also like to snatch a couple of hours’ kip each night, there isn’t SO much time leftover for blogging. So if there’s not much Proof (v.) of Liv around here, remember that being busy forms the basis for a temporary ebb, not a permanent impediment.

Being a Snark (and some shameless self-promotion)

Word Nerds of the Web, Unite!

Why The Internet Could Be the Best Thing That Ever Happened To The English Language: Online epiphanies of an inveterate grammar snarkBy Olivia McDowell.


Snarks are not alone. Hence the above article (read it all here), which I wrote last year as part of my Online Journalism course. And now my little rant has been published in No·men·cla·ture, the online fruit of that course, and I feel duty bound to spread the word: Snark is cool! So please, read on.

Haters of lolcats and lovers of grammatical perfection, you will not be disappointed.

A bit more about snark…

  • The word ‘snark’ — which began life as a portmanteau (snide + remark) — now also refers to a nark (informer) with snarking tendencies: see detailed etymology here.

  • Lewis Carroll — widely credited with having invented the portmanteau during Alice’s second trip, Through The Looking Glass — also wrote the fabulous nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark.

  • It’s been said that Snark is the language of losers. Witless, angry, petulent and belittling. That it wishes it were Jon Stewart (who is just awesome, by the way), when it fact it’s more like, well, Bill O’Reilly.

  • To me, a snark is someone with a pedantic eye for detail, and a penchant for picking out minor details — right or wrong — then waffling on about them for no other reason than pure self-indulgence. A snark is cheerily particular: specific, but never angry.

  • ‘Snark’ is also another name for the Irony Mark (؟).

Word Nerds of the Web, Unite!

The significance of the following list is yet to be realised (suspenseful much?). Suffice it to say that I am not the only snark in this world wide web.

Broad-Spectrum Editing Blogs
→   Editrix
→   English FAIL Blog: FAIL pictures of the English language
→   Detected Errors: Sundry errors in sundry places
→   It’s Your Damned Language
→   Little Red Pen: A little red pen goes a long way
→   Mighty Red Pen (In case a little red pen is not enough)
→   Red Pen, Inc.
→   Your Sew Vein

Grammartastic Blogs
→   Grammarblog: Split infinitives and beyond
→   The Grammar Scribe
→   The Grammar Vandal
→   Our Bold Hero: Dispatches from a Grammar Wars Foot Soldier
→   Save Grammar.: One woman’s quest…
→   SPOGG: Society for the Promotion Of Good Grammar
→   Villa Grammatica

Apostrophe Blogs
→   Apostrophe Catastrophes: The Worlds’ Worst. Punctuation;
→   Apostrophe Abuse
→   Apostrophism
→   The Shelter for Abused Apostrophes: aka Rants in My Pants

Niche Blogs
→   Literally, A Web Log
→   Lowercase L


First published at tumblr Proof(v.)