Hazel Needham - Head Prose Editor
Discombobulated is my favourite word. Say it! DIScombobulated. DiscomBOBulated. DisCOM… you get the idea. Did you know that the dot above an ‘i’ or a ‘j’ is called a tittle? Titter. Do I mean titter? Yes, like: to giggle? Titter! Do you ever repeat a word, or just stare at it until the letters are just – letters? You may ask, ‘what does must really even mean?’ Must. You realise it sounds just like musk, and like mast. M-U-S-T. Something familiar warps, just briefly, into something foreign. The language is trying to fight back. The letters are alive. It’s utterly discombobulating, and that’s precisely why it’s my favourite.