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, Ruth Harrison-Davies!
What is the one word you wish people would use to describe you? Unique.
What is there too much of in the world? Insecurity. Thanks Instagram.
And not enough… Positivity (towards others) – can I have that? My mum always told me that negativity attracts negativity and positivity attracts positivity. So, show a little love and make someone smile.
Which word do you remember struggling to spell? Father. For some reason when I was at junior school, someone told me to remember it as ‘fat-her’ because that’s what happens to your mum when she’s pregnant. Looking back, that’s a bit odd, but it’s always stuck with me.
Which word is being used to death at the moment? Literally. Someone call the grammar police.
Pick a word that symbolises Yorkshire, Scriba’s home county… Love. It’s what we call people who’s name we don’t know/can’t remember – and it’s my home – so I love it.
Your favourite single-word song title… Radioactive and Pompeii. I can’t possibly choose just one. My husband and I didn’t have a first dance at our wedding, instead we had two last-dances. Everyone danced to the ordinary version of Bastille’s Pompeii, then we closed out the night with a slow-dance acoustic version of Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive.
A word you can’t believe is in the dictionary… Nothingburger. A new entry for 2018, I don’t even know what it means.
A word you still don’t truly understand the definition of… Nothingburger. Just googled the above and I still don’t get it. Someone put it into context in a tweet please @itsonlymeruth
And your favourite word of all time? Thank you. Simple but effective.