Wednesday, 30 October 2013


Thanks for pitching up to read my latest word of the week post.

Pitch can mean to slope downward, put up a tent, or the space said tent occupies. It can be to throw something, fall headlong or submit a suggestion to an editor. It's the movement of a ship in a longitudinal direction, angle of a roof or where cricket is played. Pitch is a quality of sound, the gloop you get from distilled turpentine or where a market trader displays his wares.

It can also be to express something at a particular level - I do hope I've pitched this post correctly. I also hope I've got everything right and we won't need to have a pitched battle over my definitions.

The pitch of these steps was so steep that if the ship had pitched or rolled I'd have pitched down them.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Keep going

Keep is a good word (not least because it gives me another chance to post a photo of a castle - do you know which one?)

It means to continue to have something, to save something for future use, store in a regular place (we keep The Sphere in the garage), continue in a particular position or activity (she kept her head down) or to remain in good condition (fresh bread doesn't keep very long). It can also mean to do something you promised to do (I keep my promises) to provide accommodation and food - or the money for those things (he earns his keep)

If you have a friend with enough money you could be a kept woman. You might want to keep up to date, or with the Jones'. Or perhaps you'll attend keep fit classes (which generally means get slightly less unfit rather to maintain an existing state of fitness in my experience) and of course it's the strongest part of a castle.

Not bad for just four letters, eh?

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


A secret is something that's kept, or intended to be kept, from most people. You might think the meaning of the word isn't a secret, but switching on the television or picking up a newspaper or magazine will soon show how wrong you are. Almost every day someone will be offering to share their secrets of success, beauty secrets, reveal whose secret love child they are etc etc.

Here's a top tip, if you want to keep something secret, don't give the details to the papers, or TV reporter. If you want lots of people to know, then what you're offering isn't a secret - it's a tip, piece of advice, comment, item of gossip or most frequently a blatant publicity stunt. (Maybe I should have picked cynical as this week's word?)