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From the Writer's Almanac

It was on this day in 1754 that the word “serendipity” was first coined.

It’s defined by Merriam-Webster as “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” It was recently listed by a U.K. 292 more words


A Short History of the Word 'Serendipity'

The curious origins behind one of Britain’s favourite words – and its link to Gothic fiction

The word ‘serendipity’ was invented on 28 January 1754. It was one of two literary creations by its inventor, Horace Walpole, that would achieve widespread popularity. 1,073 more words


January 28. 2015: Camel

Reports of a missing camel are coming through.

Don’t try to understand it.
A camel + New York + Winter…that doesn’t equal much sense. But, what does these days anyways? 287 more words

Strange News

Anne Seymour Damer (1749-1828) Sculptor & Author | Regency History

How uplifting to discover a female artist from history about whom I knew nothing. Thank you, Regency History.


Anne Seymour Damer (1749-1828) was an English sculptor and author. 140 more words

Art & Design

Fathering Gothick

We’ve come to regard the late 17th and early 18th centuries as the Age of Enlightenment, a period when science and rational thought were promoted as philosophical ideals in Europe. 1,172 more words


Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

I first heard about the British Library exhibition a few months ago, when I saw a poster advertising it on the underground. “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination,” it said, above a slightly unsettling image of a vampire casting a misty red shadow onto a wall behind him. 1,008 more words


Wednesday Word of the Week

Serendipity/Serendipitous means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. .

“What a serendipitous occurrence.”


Coming across something by happy accident – what a fabulous thing to have a word for! 59 more words