The poetically worded document says: “Childhood has a sacred space for self-imagining... They are in a trying-on stage of life and not yet adult and so no labels need to be fixed.” Is it fair to suggest that, though undoubtedly well-meaning, the C of E has arrived a little late at the party? There surely isn’t a teacher or switched-on parent left in the land who would object to little boys dressing in gold lamé fishtail frocks Three Degrees-style or girls manning up as Davy Crockett.
Frankly such an arid place would be unbearable. We need the fishy on a little dishy. We depend upon the existence of Wee Willie Winkie. We can’t bear to contemplate life devoid of Goosey Goosey Gander, Old MacDonald, Ring A Ring O’ Roses or indeed Doctor Foster. We don’t learn nursery rhymes. We ingest and imbibe them alongside mother’s milk. Most of us are incapable of remembering life pre-Lavender’s Blue. Nursery rhymes are simply a part of us.
On one hand I could see absolutely no reason why not. If a woman’s perfume, hair conditioner or simply her pheromones emit a delicious aroma why on earth shouldn’t someone thoroughly enjoying a whiff be free to say so? How, I wondered, could the sweet-smelling individual be anything other than complimented? What would be the possible grounds for offence? Yet in the Weinstein aftermath it is clear that there is another hand. Could it be that the recipient would feel preyed upon?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".