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Word of the week archive: H – N

Tim Bowen entertains us with these lively discussions on origins of words. In this section you'll find articles on anything from 'headbanger' and 'lush' to 'jaunty' and 'ludicrous'.

Word of the week articles

  • Word of the week: Hack

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Do you find yourself using hackneyed lesson ideas? Ever met a hacker or a hack? Read on to see if you can hack this word of the week...

  • Word of the week: Headbanger

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Do you like to spend your weekends headbanging to your favourite band? Well you could be crazy, according to Tim Bowen's explanation of this word.

  • Word of the week: Hectic

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Having a hectic week? Well, at least you're unlikely to be suffering from a recurrent fever. Tim Bowen explains the Greek origins of this word of the week.

  • Word of the week: Henchman

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Ever encountered any burly henchmen? Tim Bowen explains how the meaning of this word has come a long way from its original association with horses.

  • Word of the week: Jaunty

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Heard a jaunty tune lately? Tim Bowen follows this lively adjective all the way from its noble beginnings in France.

  • Word of the week: Laconic

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Tim Bowen delves into Greek history to explain the origin of this terse Word of the week.

  • Word of the week: Ludicrous

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Ever witnessed a ludicrous illusion or colluded as part of an international political conspiracy? Confused? Tim Bowen explains the connection with this diverting word of the week.

  • Word of the week: Lush

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Got a lush garden or, better still, a lush gardener? Tim Bowen takes a look at this simply luscious word of the week.

  • Word of the week: Maverick

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Do you see yourself as a little bit different or do you just follow the herd? You could be a maverick, according to Tim Bowen's explanation of this word.

  • Word of the week: Mint

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Tim Bowen explains the origin and different meanings of this word. It's mint!

  • Word of the week: –monger

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    You buy fish from a fishmonger, so you buy iron from an ironmonger? Well, not exactly! Tim Bowen spreads a few rumours with this political Word of the week.

  • Word of the week: Moonlighting

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Fancy a spot of moonlighting? Tim Bowen explains why this is not as romantic as it sounds...

  • Word of the week: Multitasking

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    The word multitasking came originally from the world of computers. It was used to refer to the ability of a computer’s central processing unit to do several different things at the same time. The term soon began to be applied to people as well as computers. If someone is good at multitasking they can perform a number of tasks simultaneously.

  • Word of the week: Muppet

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Remember the cute puppet show? Tim Bowen explains how the word 'muppet' has entered popular slang.

  • Word of the week: Nice

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Are you a nice person? Tim Bowen explains why this popular word hasn't always been a compliment.

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