Never A Truer Word’s Newsletter

Looking at the words people say to find out what's going on
Created 21 Sep 2021
  • Spiking stories - true or false?
    21 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    An article by a criminologist on the phenomena of spiking prompted me to share my work which looks at the truthfulness, or otherwise, of the stories told. Stuart Waiton @StuartWaitonstuartwaiton.wordp...
  • A tale of two halves
    20 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 4
    Occasionally, a piece in the news grabs my attention and begs to be analysed. Here’s a story about a woman who handed her broken phone in to a repair shop and returned to find the man in the store scr...
  • Cricket's problems: Is Alex Hales truly sorry?
    19 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    English cricket has been dealing with allegations of racism in the game this month. Cricketer Alex Hales has issued an Instagram video where he deals with some accusations put to him. alexhales1 A pos...
  • Crime Junkie's 911 call: what was going on?
    17 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Crime Junkie podcast treated their fans to a dramatic 911 call at the start of this week’s episode. It looks at the death of Ellen Greenberg. The 911 call comes from her fiancé, who says he’s got in t...
  • Travis Scott: statement analysed
    13 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Travis Scott released a video following the Astroworld tragedy. It got a lot of attention for his demeanour, he looks very stressed and upset in it. Away from how he looked, I thought it would be inte...
  • Blaise Barnett: Parent's interview
    11 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    I’ve been asked to look at a video of the parents of Blaise Barnett speaking about the disappearance of their son. John Spink @johnjspink WATCH: BREAKING - Amber Alert issued for 1-year-old taken duri...
  • Analysing a text conversation
    11 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 5
    Analysing the words used in statements or answers given in interviews is relatively “easy”. There are many words to look at. How useful are the skills in real-life? Day-to-day, we don’t give people wr...
  • A convincing denial?
    08 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    A British newspaper has been investigating a historical murder, for which no one has been arrested or found guilty. During their work, several people named one person, a former soldier, as the person ...
  • Beaten by a stranger: true or false?
    30 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Here’s a story from a local paper which contains some great examples of language in use and how we can detect or rule out deception. It also shows how to uncover what isn’t being said. Have a read on ...
  • The case of the dropped cigarette
    26 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Analysing words doesn’t need to involve high-stakes crime or unsolved mysteries. Here’s a look at the dropped cigarette and the £80 fine. Manchester News MEN @MENnewsdesk Woman, 21, hit with £80 fine ...
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