Merryn | Historian 

The way we interpret the past has much to do with the way words impact our perception of events. For technical brevity – history hinges on psycholinguistics. That’s why, when we explore resilience, resourcefulness and patriotic resolve, we might also find confusion, ineptitude, and scelestic inhumane intent – the words we choose do matter, and that fascinates me.  

Here, you’ll find more than a smattering of recherché language and oblique theories. Most posts are connected to the second world war but history is a broad church, and I like being in the curious congregationOne or two pieces may or may not have been written under the influence of too much strong coffee or a charming, young and flinty Pouilly-Fumé. Good luck with those.

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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