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Operative Words

Behind the campaign curtain

Snuffed Torch

Can the Olympic myth survive?

Lax Americana

What happens if Donald Trump returns to the White House?

Warren Clements

Warren Clements wrote the Word Play column for The Globe and Mail from 1996 to 2012. His latest book is How to Get to Heaven and Back: A Romp Through a Century of Movies and TV Series about Heaven, Hell and Reincarnation (Nestlings Press, 2014).

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Warren Clements

To the Letter

A poet’s clever profiles of some very familiar friends December 2014
The wonder of the English alphabet is that, with fewer letters than appear in the word “antidisestablishmentarianism,” it is possible to write the Encyclopædia Britannica. This is powerful mojo, and explains why writers have long savoured individual letters the way one relishes the discrete ingredients of a gourmet meal. Letters came into their own as the stars of tiny books designed to educate the…

Reimagining English

From globalization to the Internet, the strains on our language are enormous. July–August 2008