Janel Torkington

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Writer and Social Media Manager at The Book Of Everyone. Word nerd. Sassy futurist. Ukulele plucker. Ottolenghi acolyte.

Why do we give gifts at Christmas?

UK shoppers are predicted to spend an average of £544 each this Christmas. US shoppers will fork over $862 apiece. But why do we give gifts at Christmas, anyway? Contrary to what the naysayers would have you believe, presents at Christmas are NOT an invention of Toys ‘R’ Us. The…

14 unusual words for parts of the body

I stumbled across the word dactylion the other day, and I suddenly found myself curious about other unusual words for parts of the human body. I was never lucky enough to take an anatomy class in high school, so diving into the linguistic world of body bits was a voyage of…

Let’s talk about October birthdays

Spooky-ooky October! What a great month to have a birthday. It’s the time of year when the temperatures have truly dropped at last, and everyone’s winter things are still fresh from the closet. Deciduous trees are in full rainbow splendor, too. October pea coats have everyone and their mother looking…

3 ways history was more colourful than you think

Most of the records from days of yore come through in black and white. Colour photography didn’t become popular until the mid-20th century, which gives us the impression that everything that came before then was rather drab. Pre-photography records only come in whatever physical artifacts have managed to weather the…

Let’s talk about September birthdays

The summer’s been sweet, but it’s coming to a close. We’ve coasted into SEPTEMBER on the back of a solar eclipse (oh, is no one talking about that anymore? My bad). And with September comes a beautiful collection of cusp-of-autumn birthdays. What does it mean to be born in September?…

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