This is all fiction

Mar 2006

  • Scholar

    I recently discovered the etymologies of ‘pupil’ and ‘student’. The former comes from words meaning ‘child’ and ‘disciple’ whereas the latter simply means ‘one who is studying’. As someone else put it: “a pupil is taught, whereas a student learns independently.” Tradtionally, in the UK, schoolchildren are referred to as pupils. It is only when… Continue reading

  • Learn

    I’ve got so many firm ideas about how I write. Examples: 1- ‘I can’t write unless I’m sitting in a familiar and, above all, quiet environment.’ OR2- ‘I can’t produce a single word until I’ve got the whole story worked out in my head.’ OR3- ‘I mustn’t discuss my work with anyone until it’s complete.’… Continue reading