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The word up for consideration today is one we all use regularly to mean ‘bad’ or ‘poor’ without ever really considering what it originally meant. But stop and think about it and it seems obvious. 235 more words


One of the best things about the English language has to be its flexibility; the way we can be creative with words to find new meanings. 437 more words

Arguing over “over”

I’ve been ignoring the American civil war, even though it broke out just down the corridor from where I was sitting two weeks ago. 1,315 more words

wscottling reblogged this on Willow's Corner and commented:

Language can be a very touchy subject. But it changes, people, it changes. This is an excellent blog about the recent AP ruling concerning "over" and "more than".


Today’s d word comes as a very belated response to a request made by Paul Thomas way back in 2013. The word up for consideration is… 258 more words

An European vs. A European

E. P. Thompson’s magisterial History of the English Working Class (1963) contains a short, innocuous phrase that nonetheless pulled me up short: “The population ‘explosion’ can be seen as an European phenomenon”. 223 more words


Is this social mobility for words?

Politicians talk about social mobility a lot. Most of us see nothing wrong with bettering ourselves by climbing up the ladder. But when words move from one class to another two camps emerge: 122 more words

Grammar & Usage

Why do we, like, hate language change?

There are always going to be words of our language (in my case, obviously English),  which we don’t like.  When I hear people saying American words when there are perfectly good British ones and whenever a red squiggly line appears when I write ‘colour’, for example, my inner tea-drinking repressed British-self howls in despair.     612 more words