"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Monday, 11 February 2013


Lonelyhearts columns were at one time personal advice columns in newspapers, supposedly written by a particular ‘Agony Aunt’.

The name derived from ‘Miss Lonelyhearts’, the title of a Nathaniel West novel of 1933 about a man who writes just such a column. In more recent times the term lonelyhearts column tends to be used for listings of men and women seeking companionship or partners.

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