Simplicated… or Complicated?
Welcome to Simplicated, the most fun you can have with words!
Language is a wonderful thing, it can enable simple and straightforward communication between individuals, or it can be impenetrable. We like to try both extremes here. We will be sharing absurdities we come across or that you share with us, and also offering our own views on life, the universe and everything.
We will aim to provide new content at least weekly, so please come and visit regularly, or subscribe to receive email notifications of new articles.
A view of the vicissitudes of everyday life and a commentary on the world at large.
Shared with a humorous as well as philosophical bent – we want to entertain as well as provoke thought. However, for those of a nervous disposition, we will avoid religion and politics!
Plastic not so fantastic
Everybody seems to be in firm agreement that we have a plastic crisis in the environment and we need to do more. So why does that seem so hard to put into practice? There are obstacles in our way at every turn.More…
Some snippets of fiction and stories we hope will entertain you.
Don’t expect Jane Austen or Nobel prize-winning prose, but we will at least try to maintain good grammar, vocabulary worthy of The Times, and enough of a storyline to be coherent. What more could you ask for from a free source?
A cat on social media
My cat Gatto is addicted to social media. There’s a particular shrub he marks with his whiskers and so do all the other neighbourhood cats. Naturally we now refer to this shrub as Facebush.More...
When is poetry not poetry? When it has no rhythm or rhyme.
We acknowledge that we are Grumpy Old Farts here at Simplicated, but the use of prose laid out as short lines, however good that prose is, cannot be poetry. We aim to correct this misapprehension with our Campaign for Real Poetry (CaRP). Take a look at examples here, and submit your own to be shared in these pages.
On receiving a book for my birthday
A small and humorous tribute to the “worst poet in the English language”, William McGonagall, penned by my father as a thank you note on receiving a book of the poet’s collected works for his birthday.More...
Classical Or Modern Poetical Literature In Contemporary And Technical English Dialectic
A celebration of jargon, verbosity and sesquipedalian prose. Embrace the terminological proliferation and obfuscation of COMPLICATED – the future of the English language! For more, see What is COMPLICATED?
To a Mouse (Robert Burns)
One might argue that old Scottish dialect is incomprehensible enough to a modern Briton without the need for COMPLICATED, but that misses the point: COMPLICATED should not prevent understanding, merely dress in important-sounding language for maximum pomposity!More...