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Word of the Week: Wit

An owl (geddit?)

Apparently today is National Thesaurus Day. You’d think they could have come up with a better name for it. According to, NTD is celebrated every year on 18th January. Really? Since when? By who? And how? Is there a Synonym Society somewhere who spend the day running around shouting euphemisms at one another? My God, I bet there is!

In fact, I think I’ve just defined Parliament.


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Word of the Week: Ball

Glitter ball or disco ball

Where would we be without balls? England would never have won the World Cup. (I’m trying to ignore your tittering). Cinderella would never have met Prince Charming. And, on the grander scale, Christopher Columbus would have sailed off the edge of the Earth. From atoms and molecules to planets and stars, everything tends towards the spherical. Even time. No really. It’s no accident that history repeats itself.

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Word of the Week: Moon

the Moon

So the Chinese have landed a space craft on the Dark Side of the Moon. I was never a fan of prog rock myself, but that seems a bit over the top. Ah, please yourselves. This week’s space exploration news, coming 50 years after Neil Armstrong took his ‘giant leap for mankind’, has raised several questions about our natural satellite, the first being why has it take so long for mankind to find our way to the other side?


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Word of the Week: Stocking

Are you hanging up your stocking on the wall?
Are you stocking up in case we crash out of the EU with no deal at aaaall?
Are you wondering if the two words
Are connected in some way?
Are you asking yourself whether, had they gone with these lyrics, it would have been such a perennial Christmas hit for Slaaaaaade?

So here it is Merry Christmas everybody’s having fun…

Before I move on to verse two, let me clear up the stocking question. It begins, as most things do, with football.


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Word of the Week: Rewilding

A few weeks ago the Word of the Week was Bugbear, which naturally led on to an investigation of bears. I’ve always regarded the investigation of bears as something that’s best done from the other side of a TV screen, so imagine my surprise when I discovered that they’re planning on releasing a bunch of brown bears into the woods just down the road near Bristol. (more…)

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Word of the Week: Bugbear

A resigned looking bear

The big news this week is that scientists can accurately track whales using images from satellites 300 odd miles above the surface of the sea. This is great news for people who like to track whales, but it didn’t go down well with Rob, the aforementioned James Acaster fan. “So we’ve got CCTV cameras that can’t give a clear picture of someone robbing a cashpoint five yards away but they can identify a whale from Space!” (more…)

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Word of the Week: Member

The genie is out of the bottle. 118 words in and for the first time we have a word that could be deemed ‘a bit rude’. Yes, we’ve had sausage. Yes, we’ve had pencil. But I’m not talking schoolboy euphemisms here, I’m talking about a word that you might well hear eminent medics use (when they’re not out drinking) to describe the male genital appendage. (more…)

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