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Click through to the Articles page to catch up on 10 most recent freelance pieces, but here’s a full archive of all my online work to date. Click on any of the images on the right to see some of the most popular and most shared, as well as a few of my personal favourites. 

Bizarre Things Owned By Henry VIII
Shakespeare's Father
Famous People Who Fought Duels
Arthur Conan Doyle
Tom Skelton
Shakespeare in Court
Bald's Leechbook
Great Emu war Australia emus
Accidental inventions corn flakes

2018 | 8

10 July 2018, Mental Floss | Dollar Words: The Logophile Game That Has Maths Geeks Hooked

8 May 2018, Mental Floss | 25 Strange Wedding Gifts Given To Royals

9 April 2018, Mental Floss | 11 Things That Are Forbidden In The British Parliament

5 April 2018, Mental Floss | 17 Hilarious Definitions From Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary

5 March 2018, Mental Floss | 18 Words To Welcome Spring

6 February 2018, Mental Floss 13 Mnemonic Sentences To Boost Your General Knowledge

18 January 2018, Mental Floss 25 Smart Synonyms You Should Be Using

5 January 2018, Mental Floss The Tiger that Briefly Terrorized 19th Century London

2017 | 37

29 December 2017, Mental Floss10 Old Words For Winter Ailments We Need To Bring Back

22 December 2017, Mental Floss4 Dickens Christmas Stories You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

22 December 2017, Mental FlossWhen German Children Made Kites From Money

23 November 2017, Quartz | The History Of The Word “Turkey” Is Ridiculously Complicated

30 October 2017, Mental Floss 4 Phonetic Alphabets That Didn’t Survive

26 October 2017, Waterstones Blog | 12 Obscure Words Every Book Lover Should Know

16 October 2017, Mental Floss | 10 Facts About Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary

10 October 2017, Mental Floss | 25 Words That Don’t Mean What They Used To

10 October 2017, Mental Floss | 25 Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

10 October 2017, Mental Floss | 25 Smart Words You Should Be Using

10 October 2017, Mental Floss | 25 Words You Didn’t Know Were In The Dictionary

6 September 2017, Mental Floss | 5 Poems With Amazing Wordplay

2 September 2017, Mental Floss | 7 Other Great Fires of London

22 August 2017, Mental Floss | The Dangerous History Behind The Word “Deadline”

3 August 2017, Mental Floss | Paul Wittgenstein: The One-Armed Concert Pianist

31 July 2017, Mental Floss | 10 Long-Forgotten Expressions To Drop Into Conversation

14 July 2017, Mental Floss | 6 Times Multiple Leaders Reigned in a Single Year

11 July 2017, Mental Floss | 15 Words That Aren’t As Straightforward As They Look

6 July 2017, Mental Floss | 15 Obscure Words For Everyday Feelings And Emotions

27 June 2017, Mental Floss | 10 Body Parts Hiding In The Dictionary

14 June 2017, Mental Floss | 10 Composer vs. Composer Insults

5 June 2017, Mental Floss | How Rome’s Scariest Ghosts Gave Their Name To Madagascar’s Lemurs

31 May 2017, Mental Floss | 15 Unusual Patron Saints

18 May 2017, Mental Floss | 30 Excellent Terms From a 17th Century Slang Dictionary

17 May 2017, Mental Floss | Tax Your Brain With 5 Victorian Riddles

16 April 2017, Mental Floss | The Shakespeare Fraud That Tricked Late 18th Century London

19 April 2017, Mental Floss | 8 US City Names That Might Have Been

14 April 2017, Mental Floss | 41 Facts About The 41 Kings And Queens Since 1066

4 April 2017, Mental Floss | The 19th Century Aristocrat Who Literally Painted The Town Red

20 March 2017, Mental Floss | Pink Used To Be Yellow (No, Really...)

8 March 2017, Mental Floss | The Mysterious 19th Century ‘Princess’ Who Fooled A Town

8 March 2017, Mental Floss | 11 Words Coined 100 Years Ago

7 March 2017, Mental Floss | ‘Fake’ Etymology: One Of The Dictionary’s Most Intriguing Words

23 February 2017, Mental Floss | The Two Highwaymen Who Took Each Other To Court

13 February 2017, Mental Floss | Would You Have Passed This 1920s Pronunciation Test?

10 February 2017, Mental Floss | 30 Loanwords To Add Some Je Ne Sais Quoi To Your Vocabulary

26 January 2017, Mental Floss | 10 Backwards Words That Ended Up In The Dictionary

 
Theodore Hooke
Samuel Johnson
My Name Is Haines
The Parrot That Kept A Language Alive
Short-Lived Countries
Cipher wheel
Tolstoy
 
 
 
Tongan currency
James IV's Language Experiment
Rephrased phrases
Language essentials
Singular they
Beethoven’s deafness
Galilean Anagrams

2016 | 87

29 December 2016, Mental Floss | Wilson A Bentley: The Man Who Photographed Snowflakes

26 December 2016, Mental Floss | When Elizabeth I Organized A National Lottery

20 December 2016, The i | The 12 Words of Christmas: Ice-Legs, Yule-Holes, And More

14 December 2016, Mental Floss | 13 Alternative Lyrics From ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

2 December 2016, Mental Floss | The Story Behind Lewis Carroll’s Unsolvable Riddle

24 November 2016, Mental Floss | How A Sketch Became The World’s Most Repeated TV Program

23 November 2016, Mental Floss | 7 Rarely Used Orchestral Instruments

22 November 2016, Mental Floss | 14 Word Origins Hiding In Plain Sight

16 November 2016, Mental Floss | 7 Surprising Buildings That Were Once The World’s Tallest

11 November 2016, Mental Floss | 8 Extraordinary Examples of Constrained Writing

10 November 2016, Mental Floss | From Ham to Sandwich: 40 Odd British Place Names

3 November 2016, Mental Floss | When Roosevelt Tried To Reform The English Language

November 2016, Mental Floss | 7 Rarely Used Orchestral Instruments

28 October 2016, Mental Floss | Why Do Criminals Go ‘On The Lam’?

26 October 2016, The Guardian | 10 Words That Don’t Mean What They Used To

26 October 2016, The Mirror | The Fascinating Former Meanings of 10 Everyday Words

18 October 2016, The Telegraph | 10 Popular Word Origins That Are Absolute Codswallop

18 October 2016, Mental Floss | How A Misinterpreted Anagram Predicted the Moons of Mars

16 October 2016, Mental Floss | 10 Facts About Webster’s Dictionary For Dictionary Day

12 October 2016, Mental Floss | Why Do We Call General Knowledge ‘Trivia’?

10 October 2016, Mental Floss | The Original Endings of 3 Famous Fairy Tales

6 October 2016, Mental Floss | 10 Unexpected Emblems From Flags of the World

3 October 2016, Mental Floss | Beyond ‘Buffalo Buffalo’: 9 Other Repetitive Sentences

30 September 2016, Mental Floss | The Cipher Wheel Designed To Decode Shakespeare

23 September 2016, Mental Floss | The Earliest Known Descriptions Of 5 US Landmarks

20 September 2016, Mental Floss | The Tiger Who Came To Tea... In The Middle Of Yorkshire

20 September 2016, Mental Floss | From Bae To Zee: 38 False Friends

14 September 2016, Mental Floss | What Exactly Is A ‘Wild Goose Chase’?

5 September 2016, Mental Floss | The Language Of Addiction

2 September 2016, Mental Floss | 8 Things Invented By Accident

25 August 2016, Mental Floss | 15 Animal Names That Can Be Used As Verbs

25 August 2016, Mental Floss | When Australia Went To War With Its Emus

15 August 2016, Mental Floss | 15 Obscure Words Every Pet Owner Needs In Their Vocabulary

9 August 2016, Mental Floss | 10 Classic Politcal Insults

8 August 2016, Mental Floss | The Riot Caused By A Performance Of Macbeth

4 August 2016, Mental Floss | 12 Things You Say Without Realizing You’re Quoting Poetry

2 August 2016, Mental Floss | William Banting: Early Champion Of The Low-Carb Diet

28 July 2016, Mental Floss | 50 Verbose Verbs To Drop Into Everyday Conversation

18 July 2016, Mental Floss | 11 Words That Started Out As Spelling Mistakes

12 July 2016, Newcaslte Chronicle15 Well Known Geordie Words And Where They Came From

11 July 2016, Mental Floss | How 20 Animals Got Their Names

5 July 2016, Mental Floss‘Opus Clavicembalisticum’: The Longest Piece Of Piano Music Ever

27 June 2016, Mental Floss | 14 Delicious Words For Anyone Who Love Their Food

16 June 2016, Mental FlossJust How Magic A Word Is ‘Abracadabra’?

15 June 2016, Mental Floss | 15 Words For Gossips And Chatterboxes

8 June 2016, Mental Floss5 Essential Types Of Words That Some Languages Do Without

1 June 2016, Mental Floss10 Terms That Come From Theatre

24 May 2016, Mental Floss | Who Was Old King Cole (And Why Was He So Merry?)

23 May 2016, Mental Floss40 Excellent E-Words To Enchance Your Vocabulary

16 May 2016, Mental Floss | 40 Super S-Words To Supplement Your Vocabulary

13 May 2016, Mental FlossThe Only 5 Natural Features In The US With Possessive Apostrophes

12 May 2016, The Telgraph | ‘They’: The Singular Pronoun That Could Solve Sexism?

9 May 2016, Mental Floss40 Awesome A-Words To Advance Your Vocabulary

6 May 2016, Mental Floss | 20 Anglo-Saxon Remedies From Bald’s Leechbook

3 May 2016, Mental Floss40 Tremendous T-Words To Titivate Your Vocabulary

25 April 2016, Mental Floss40 Intriguing I-Words To Introduce To Your Vocabulary

24 April 2016, The Independent10 Shakespearean Insults That Work Better Than Modern Ones

23 April 2016, Telegraph Men20 Words Shakespeare Used Differently To You

22 April 2016, Mental Floss | 38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays

19 April 2016, Mental Floss10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement

18 April 2016, Mental Floss | 40 Opulent O-Words To Optimize Your Vocabulary

13 April 2016, Mental FlossPharaohs Were Made To Run Around Their Palaces Every 3 Years

5 April 2016, Mental Floss7 Everyday Phrases That Have Been Rephrased

5 April 2016, Mental Floss | The Original Telephone: The Musical Language of François Sudré

4 April 2016, Mental Floss40 Nifty N-Words To Enhance Your Vocabulary

1 April 2016, The i10010 Of The Most Commonly Confused Words In The English Language

29 March 2016, Mental Floss | 40 Rip-Roaring R-Words To Refresh Your Vocabulary

17 March 2016, The Independent | 10 Of The Most Commonly Misused Words

14 March 2016, Mental Floss40 Highfalutin H-Words To Heighten Your Vocabulary

8 March 2016, Mental Floss | 20 Bizarre Beasts From Ancient Bestiaries

7 March 2016, Mental Floss40 Dandy D-Words To Deepen Your Vocabulary

4 March 2016, Mental Floss15 Words You Didn’t Know Could Be Used As Verbs

29 February 2016, Mental Floss | 40 Linguipotent L-Words To Enlarge Your Vocabulary

23 February 2016, Mental Floss40 Cracking C-Words To Complement Your Vocabulary

18 February 2016, Mental Floss | The King of Scotland’s Peculiar Language Experiment

17 February 2016, Mental Floss40 Magnificent M-Words To Maximize Your Vocabulary

17 February 2016, The Huffington PostYou Really Always Can’t Believe Your Eyes

10 February 2016, The Huffington PostNo Excuses! Why And How Writers Should Use Twitter

8 February 2016, Mental Floss | 40 Fantastic F-Words To Further Your Vocabulary

1 February 2016, Mental FlossA Misjudged Act Of Piracy Gave The Tongan Currency Its Name

26 January 2016, Mental Floss | 19 Old Cold Weather Words To Get You Through Winter

25 January 2016, Mental Floss40 Peculiar P-Words To Pep Up Your Vocabulary

21 January 2016, Mental Floss | The Meanings Behind 20 Chemical Element Names

19 January 2016, Mental Floss40 Wonderful W-Words To Widen Your Vocabulary

14 January 2016, The Huffington Post | 10 Things You Might Not Know About Shakespeare

12 January 2016, Mental Floss40 Grandiloquent G-Words To Grow Your Vocabulary

5 January 2016, Mental Floss | 40 Brilliant B-Words To Brighten Your Vocabulary

2015 | 73

27 December 2015, The IndependentWhere The Words You Used At Christmas Originate 

24 December 2015, The Independent | 11 Christmas Words The English Has Forgotten

23 December 2015, Mental Floss40 Useful Y-Words To Add To Your Vocabulary

23 December 2015, The Telegraph | 21 Obscure Christmas Words You’ve Never Heard

18 December 2015, Mental Floss7 Real-Life Inspirations For Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

16 December 2015, The Huffington Post | 50 Fantastic Facts About The English Language

14 December 2015, Mental Floss40 Unusual U-Words To Upgrade Your Vocabulary

11 December 2015, The Independent | The Hardest Word Quiz You’ll Take This Year

8 December 2015, Mental FlossWhat Exactly Are Your P’s And Q’s?

7 December 2015, Mental Floss | 40 Killer K Words To Add To Your Vocabulary

2 December 2015, Mental Floss40 Vibrant V-Words To Revamp Your Vocabulary

30 November 2015, Mental Floss | The Real-Life Criminal Who Inspired Charles Dickens

24 November 2015, Mental Floss35 Joyous J-Words To Jazz Up Your Vocabulary

11 November 2015, Mental Floss | 40 Xcllent X-Words To Excite Your Vocabulary

5 November 2015, Mental Floss5 Writers Who Really Hated Shakespeare

3 November 2015, Mental Floss | 40 Zesty Z-Words To Add To Your Vocabulary

2 November 2015, Mental Floss17 Job Titles In Victorian Slang

29 October 2015, Mental Floss | How Europe’s Best Doctors Tried To Cure Beethoven’s Deafness

20 October 2015, Mental Floss11 Words And Phrases You Didn’t Know Had Opposites

15 October 2015, Mental Floss | The Time That William Shakespeare Gave Evidence In Court

12 October 2015, The BooksellerThe Origins of 10 Publisher’s Names

9 October 2015, Mental Floss | 8 US Presidents Who Spoke More Than One Language

8 October 2015, Mental FlossThe Origins of 14 Cocktail Names

1 October 2015, Mental Floss | 5 Countries That Existed For Less Than A Year

30 September 2015, Waterstones5 Words And Phrases Derived From Mistranslations

28 September 2015, BuzzFeed | Do You Actually Know The Meanings Of These Misused Words?

25 September 2015, BuzzFeed53 Wonderfully Pointless Facts About The English Language

19 September 2015, Mental FlossThe Tiny English Village (Pop: 41 ) That’s Twinned With Paris

15 September 2015, Mental FlossTom Skelton: The Serial Killer Court Jester

11 September 2015, The Huffington Post | 7 Novelists Who Only Published One Novel

9 September 2015, Mental FlossHow Do Britain’s Two Longest-Reigning Monarchs Compare?

3 September 2015, Mental Floss30 Words and Phrases From Victorian Theatrical Slang

1 September 2015, The Independent | Common Words You’re Probably Misusing

31 August 2015, Mental Floss20 Pieces of Advice From Old Tudor Proverbs

25 August 2015, Mental Floss | The World’s Top 20 Languages

19 August 2015, Mental FlossThe Origins of 9 Royal Nicknames

10 August 2015, Mental Floss | 10 Famous People Who Fought Duels And Lived To Tell The Tale

4 August 2015, Mental Floss | Another 50 Words That Sound Rude (But Really Aren’t)

1 August 2015, The i100How Good Is Your Vocabulary?

31 July 2015, Mental Floss | How Shakespeare Changed America’s Wildlife

28 July 2015, Mental Floss20 Brilliant Anglo-Saxon Words

23 July 2015, Mental Floss | The Parrot That Kept A Language Alive

16 July 2015, Mental FlossCharles Dickens, a.k.a. “The Unparalleled Necromancer”

10 July 2015, Mental Floss10 Vacation Destinations That Ended Up In The Dictionary

6 July 2015, Mental Floss | 32 Long-Forgotten Weather Words

26 June 2015, Mental Floss | 10 Little-Used Shakespearisms

22 June 2015, The Telegraph | 10 Words You Didn’t Know Were Derived From ‘Father’

19 June 2015, Mental Floss | 15 Surprising Words That Are Probably Onomatopoeic

11 June 2015, Mental Floss | 20 Words That Don’t Mean What They Used To

3 June 2015, Mental Floss | 9 Bizarre Objects Owned By Henry VIII

2 June 2015, Mental Floss | 10 One-Letter Place Names

19 May 2015, Mental Floss | 12 Old Timey Ways Of Saying ‘Nonsense’

14 May 2015, Mental Floss | 40 Quirky Q-Words To Add To Your Vocabulary

12 May 2015, Mental Floss | William Shakespeare’s Father: Official Ale-Taster Of Stratford

30 April 2015, Foyles | When Dictionaries Get It Wrong

27 April 2015, Mental Floss | When Arthur Conan Doyle Judged A Bodybuilding Contest

20 April 2015, Mental Floss | How A Practical Joke Brought 19th Century London To A Standstill

10 April 2015, Mental Floss | Louis De Wohl: The Astrologer Hired By MI5

7 April 2015, Mental Floss | Why Is It ‘Zed’ in Britain, But ‘Zee’ In America?

2 April 2015, Mental Floss | How Thomas Jefferson Invented A New Way Of Saying ‘Goodbye’

25 March 2015, Mental Floss | When Samuel Johnson Became A Ghostbuster

17 March 2015, Mental Floss | 28 Brilliant Irish Words

17 March 2015, The Huffington Post | 17 Words Invented By James Joyce

12 March 2015, Mental Floss | 23 Notoriously Unrhymable Words (That Actually Have Rhymes)

3 March 2015, Mental Floss | 18 Everyday Expressions Taken From The Bible

23 February 2015, Mental Floss | 42 Old English Insults

18 February 2015, Mental Floss | 28 Misleading Misnomers Explained

10 February 2015, Mental Floss | 17 Bizarre Work-Related Ailments

4 February 2015, Mental Floss | The Proper Names of 17 Bodily Functions

28 January 2015, Mental Floss | 25 Words That Are Actually Acronyms

21 January 2015, Mental Floss | What 12 Distant Places In The Solar System Are Named After

16 January 2015, Mental Floss | A Month-by-Month Guide To The Anglo-Saxon Calendar

10 January 2015, Mental Floss | 22 2-Letter Words To Boost Your Scrabble Score

 

2014 | 40

23 December 2014, Mental Floss | The Origins of 12 Christmas Words

17 December 2014, Mental Floss | 10 Words Shakespeare Used With Unclear Meanings

10 December 2014, Mental Floss | 10 Tragic Stories of Extinct Animals

9 December 2014, The Huffington Post | 100 Random Facts About The English Language

8 December 2014, The Huffington Post | Gone For Good: The Long Lost Works of Literature

5 December 2014, Mental Floss | 20 French Phrases You Should Be Using

2 December 2014, Mental Floss12 Animals Named After The Noises They Make

1 December 2014, The Huffington Post | #MyFavourite Word 2014

26 November 2014, Mental Floss10 Words & Phrases Coined In Comics

21 November 2014, Mental Floss | 21 Rhetorical Devices Explained

14 November 2014, Mental Floss10 Little-Known Units Of Time

12 November 2014, The Huffington PostSay What? The Literal Meanings Of 30 English Words

10 October 2014, Mental Floss50 Old British Dialect Words To Drop Into Conversation

29 October 2014, Mental Floss | 10 Words With Spooky Etymologies

23 October 2014, Mental Floss | 16 Words Derived From Animals

16 October 2014, The Huffington PostAn A-Z Of Noah Webster’s Forgotten Words

15 October 2014, Mental Floss | 15 Words That Are More Interesting Than They Seem

10 October 2014, Mental Floss19 Colours You’ve Never Heard Of

29 September 2014, Mental Floss | 10 Mind-Boggling Paradoxes

18 September 2014, Mental Floss | 16 Cryptids That Might (Or Might Not) Exist

9 September 2014, Mental Floss | 30 Old (And Useful) Names For Body Parts

5 September 2014, The Huffington PostThe Inspiring Stories Behind 15 Classic Novels

1 September 2014, Mental Floss | 60 Of History’s Strangest Epithets

1 September 2014, The Huffington PostThe Day Jobs Of 20 Famous Authors

26 August 2014, Mental Floss25 Words For Other Words

19 August 2014, Mental Floss29 Games Nobody Plays Anymore

12 August 2014, Mental Floss22 Old Nicknames For Animals

7 August 2014, Mental Floss21 Slang Terms From World War I

4 August 2014, Mental Floss26 First Names In The Dictionary

29 July 2014, The GuardianBluebeards & Brainiacs: Literary Characters In The Dictionary

28 July 2014, Mental Floss50 Words That Sound Rude (But Really Aren’t)

18 July 2014, Mental Floss20 Latin Phrases You Should Be Using

23 June 2014, Mental Floss13 Word Origins Stories (That Are Completely Untrue)

19 June 2014, Thue Huffington Post66 Facts About The English Language

17 March 2014, The Huffington Post | 15 Words Derived From Irish Gaelic

5 March 2014, The Huffington Post | 11 Places In Britain You Should Have Heard Of

24 February 2014, The Huffington Post | Great British Ghost Towns

20 February 2014, The Huffington Post | 13 Words Coined By Authors

15 February 2014, The Guardian | From ‘A’ To ‘Ampersand’

11 February 2014, The Huffington Post | The Extraordinary Origins of 11 Ordinary Words

 

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