This is a helpful post if you are a “word smith”, or simply enjoy words and how to use them to be creative and persuade better.
Please do not miss the excellent piece linked to Word Jazz’s use of the expression “phrasal verb”.
If you’ve been to the UK in the last few years, you won’t have been able to avoid the latest craze sweeping the nation. It’s a craze which seems to manifest itself everywhere: in shop windows, on T-shirts, in adverts – even in language blogs. And it’s one that has at its heart one very simple phrase.
On the eve of World War II, the UK Government displayed posters across the country carrying the very simple plea to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. The message – simply stated and boldly written – was clear: to get through the war, the nation couldn’t afford to panic.
After the war was over, the poster had surely had its day. But then, in 2001, some enterprising soul came up with the idea of printing new copies of it for sale. The rest, as they say, is history.
Since then, the poster…
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