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The Nottingham Festival of Words 2014 highlights include Ali Smith and Will Self, a crime writing evening at the Galleries of Justice Museum, and a celebration of words at the Old Market Square on Sunday 19 October.

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Using words is part of what it means to be human, and we in Nottingham want to celebrate this.

Words can make you laugh, and make you cry. They can soothe, encourage, and flatter, but equally they can ridicule, insult and cut down to size. They can be weapons, stirring millions to unite and to divide, to build and to destroy. But they can also bring people together to pass the time of day, to exchange pleasantries and to oil the wheels of everyday life.

Modern technology make words travel faster than speech, not just in newspapers, books and films, but in emails and social media brought to a phone near you.

So let's explore this world a little and find out what words can do. It'll be fun.
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Using Words

Have a look at the examples below. Can you see how words make the situation different?
  • default_title"Do you believe in love at first sight, or shall I walk past you again?"
  • default_title"Hey, don't frown. You never know who could be falling in love with your smile."
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  • default_title"Michael Jackson's album was only called 'Bad' because there wasn't enough room on the sleeve for 'Pathetic'" - Prince
  • default_title"Once you've put one of his books down, you simply can't pick it up again." - Mark Twain on Henry James
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  • default_title"Wake up, Mr. Johnson. It's time for your sleeping pill."
  • default_title"If there's one thing I can't stand, it's intolerance."
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  • default_title"I've had amnesia for as long as I can remember."
  • default_title"I couldn't care less about apathy."
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  • default_titleA man walks into a bar in Nottingham and asks the barman: "What's the quickest way to get to Mapperley?"
    "Are you walking or driving?" asks the barman.
    "Driving," says the man.
    "That's the quickest way," says the barman.
  • default_titleA horse walks into a bar. The bartender asks, "So, why the long face?"
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  • default_titleGive a man a fish and he will eat for a day ... but give a man a gun and others will feed him for life.
  • default_titleGive a man a fish and he will eat for a day ... but give a man a fishing rod and you can get rid of him for a whole weekend.
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