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Language issues again

The version of Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen’ published in The Times (see my post of 21 September) seems to contain a misprint in line 11: ‘stanch’ instead of ‘staunch’ (‘to the end against odds uncounted’).   247 more words

George Calderon

Alligators and cockroaches: what do they have in common?


What is a loanword? It sort of does what it says on the tin. It is a word one language loans or lends to another (though the lender doesn’t usually get it back, and no interest is paid). 527 more words

Word Histories

Teach It Tuesday: French-English Dictionaries

If you have taught French (or another second language) I’m sure you have heard one of the following questions on a daily basis:

- Can’t we just use Google translate? 513 more words

Teach It Tuesday

Oxford Word of the Month: Kingswood country

The Australian car manufacturer Holden recently announced the impending closure of its operations in 2016, after sixty years of producing some of Australia’s favourite cars, including the original Holden sedan, the utility, the FJ series, the Monaro, the Commodore, and the Torana. 456 more words


Statistics for Word Nerds

As an editor, I consult online dictionaries on a daily—sometimes hourly or momentary—basis. Occasionally, I need to learn the meaning of a word with which I am unfamiliar. 582 more words


Raunchy isn't cool

Every once in a while I hear Christian sisters say something like, “I feel so raunchy.” It is generally said following some outdoor physical activity in hot weather. 169 more words