Scriba’s One Word Wonder

Scriba’s One Word Wonder

Friends of Scriba will know that we’re big fans of the English Language! Why? Because you could be faced with an undeniably tough question, for example, but if you think carefully, you might need only a single word to answer it!

This was actually the very idea behind our latest blog series One Word Wonder. 10 questions, 10 seconds to answer each, and 10 resulting words, dedicated to that person in the hot seat. OK, the questions aren’t exactly Mastermind standard. Nor will they cause anyone any sleepless nights. But they may just give you a sneak peek into what’s going on inside that person’s own little vocab!

Next up it’s Scriba’s newest recruit, Hayley Paterson.


  1. What is the one word you wish people would use to describe you? Supportive.


  1. What is there too much of in the world? Attention-seeking.


  1. And not enough… Empowerment. I like people who share knowledge, offer guidance and help others to learn and make the world that little bit better.


  1. Which word do you remember struggling to spell? Necessary. It was always a tricky one for me at school, however, my English teacher said, “A shirt has a collar and a pair of sleeves, so remember one c, and two s’s.”


  1. Which word is being used to death at the moment? ‘Them’ instead of ‘these’ or ‘those’. Urgh.


  1. Pick a word that symbolises Yorkshire, Scriba’s home county… Mardy. Joking! I’ll go for ‘family’.


  1. Your favourite single-word song title… ‘Mama’ by the Spice Girls – holds so much more meaning to me now that I’m older, and have a little trouble-maker of my own!


  1. A word you can’t believe is in the dictionary… Worstest. No, just no.


  1. A word you still don’t truly understand the definition of… Snack. I always thought it was a cereal bar or an apple, now it means something a 30-something has to Google. Sigh.


  1. And your favourite word of all time? Serendipity. I mean, it’s fortunate you found this blog, right?!