Tuesday, 12 July 2016

My TEDx Talk on Rhetoric

Concerned and solicitous people have been asking what I've been up to for the last few months. One of things up to which I have been was giving this TEDx talk at the University of Pennsylvania.

You can also watch it on YouTube here.

Pennsylvania, incidentally, was originally called New Wales until it was renamed in honour of William Penn. So it just means Penn's Woodland. Mr Penn didn't do the renaming himself, Charles II did. Penn thought, quite correctly, that people would assume that he'd done the renaming and would think that he was a terribly self-important bighead. He was rather embarrassed about the whole thing.

Other than that, I have been finishing my little book on the history of Christmas, which ought to be out in November.

A self-important bighead.


  1. That was wonderful. Thank you.

  2. Can't wait for the new book

  3. Brilliant! Reading the Elements of Eloquence now.

  4. I'm loving the Elements of Eloquence which I discovered after seeing an excerpt on the order adjectives shared on Facebook. Also enjoyed the Ted talk. I came across the surname Cave-Browne-Cave. It's a genuine name of a family of baronets - a triple-barrelled which is fairly impressive in itself and follows the pattern of progressio.