Words Fail Me

Editorial design expert Teresa Monachino has been given a regular slot in satirical mag Private Eye, looking at typographical wordplay.

The Words Fail Me book
Words Fail Me in Private Eye

Monachino’s Words Fail Me column features gems like ‘the word superstitious has 13 letters’ and ‘Lite: light, but with 20% fewer letters’.

The Words Fail Me book
The Words Fail Me book

The regular fortnightly slot follows Monachino’s Words Fail Me book, developed with Alan Fletcher, which was published in 2006.

W!nder
W!nder, from the Words Fail Me book

Monachino says, ‘It should be plain to see how the ideas translate so well from a book format to a small box in a magazine, keeping the symbol, the empty speech bubble, consistent between the two.

The Words Fail Me book
Verb is a Noun, from the Words Fail Me book

‘I noticed when I dropped round the Private Eye office recently that the art director, Tony Rushton, prints them out and writes the number of the edition they’re going to appear in inside the speech bubble, I found that a really charming use for the empty bubble.’

The Words Fail Me book
Sesquipedalian, from the Words Fail Me book

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