Tagged with Karel Capek

Words Invented by Authors

Here’s a great post from the Oxford English Dictionaries with some surprises for anyone who thinks they know their coins from their coinages. 15 words invented by authors Advertisements

How a Man Becomes a Gardener

How a Man Becomes a Gardener

This is another slice of the wonderful book The Gardener’s Year, by Karel Capek, illustrated by his brother Josef: Odd as it may appear, a gardener does not grow from seed, shoot, bulb, rhizone, or cutting, but from experience, surroundings, and natural conditions. when I was a little boy I had towards my father’s garden … Continue reading

The Gardener’s Year

The Gardener’s Year

This is a book by Czech writer Karel Capeck who gave the wrd robot to the English language. It is a brilliant little tome that was hugely popular on its release in 1931; the copy I have is the 10th impression, from 1939. It is both funny and an accurate (?) account of gardening, beautifully … Continue reading

Robot Myths and Origins

Robot Myths and Origins

We think of robots as being a very modern, even futuristic invention, but the ideas behind them date back thousands of years. . The word ‘Robot’ was coined by Karel Capek in his 1920 play ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots’ in which automata were built to replace humans in boring or dangerous work. The word is derived … Continue reading