Merryn | Historian 

History hinges on psycholinguistics – the way we interpret the past depends entirely on our perception of language.

Resilience, resourcefulness and patriotic resolve to one person  might be interpreted as confusion, ineptitude, and scelestic inhumane intent … it’s all about the words we choose, and the impact of language on history fascinates me.  

Most of these posts look at language or idiosyncrasies linked to the second world war. However, history is a broad church and I like being among the curious congregation.

There’s a smattering of recherché language and oblique theories here, but mistakes are mine alone. I paddle in the ink-pools of literary giants.

IT IS TIME TO KILL OUR DARLINGS

15 MINUTES
Wavell Room | Rhetoric in Defence | Plain English | Clarity

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WHY CALL IT OVERLORD?

5 MINUTES
Overlord | Churchill | Mothball | Morgan | ISSB

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THE D IN D-DAY STANDS FOR…

5 MINUTES
D-Day | Decision Day | Eisenhower | TIME Magazine

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HISTORIAN. WOMAN. ENTHUSIASTIC.

10 minutes
Women | Historians | Breasts and Brains | Respect

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BLITZKRIEG

15 minutes
Blitzkrieg | Language | Guderian | TIME Magazine 

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THE ORIGINAL GRAMMAR NAZIS
20 minutes
Mein Kampf | Grammar | Nazis | Steve McQueen | Bonaparte

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BEING CROSS ABOUT POPPIES

15 minutes
Poppies | Remembrance | Poetry | Swastikas

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