English student reading
An English student reading before COVID

by Malcolm Cooke ’21

Oh hey, it’s you! Look, we’ve gotta be quiet about this, but I have a secret to tell you. Do you remember The Words? That’s right, the English Department’s monthly newsletter. 

Well, it’s back.

I know, I know. Try to lower your voice and keep your excitement in check. You have to stay quiet because we’re sneaking out a special, secret September issue of The Words. It’s to let all of you know that we’re still out here, writing just for you. And maybe you’ll find a little bit of a sneak peek as to what’s going to happen in the English Department this semester. 

As part of the secretive and unorthodox nature of this earlier than normal issue of The Words, it’s gonna be a bit smaller (you know, to sneak past the English Department Censors), but we’re already laying the groundwork for our triumphant comeback in October, so keep your eyes peeled.

Right now, enjoy this little taste of what’s to come and remember that nothing can stop The Words. Words tend to be tenacious, persistent, resourceful… they can also be depressing, exhausting, and imposing. But that’s kind of the point of words—they can be anything!

So, the most that I can hope for is that we can provide you some informative, entertaining, and maybe even comforting words this semester. But like I said, this is a special, secret issue of The Words, so make sure to keep it on the down low and pass it along to the rest of your friends who are underground Words superfans.

Stay safe, and we’ll write you all soon.