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delexical verbs 2

This second post on delexical verbs observes use of the students’ mother tongue in monolingual classes, as it is very much the case in most teaching situations. 386 more words


That doesn't mean what it used to — more adventures in dictionaries

If you’ve ever known a collector of anything one thing you learn is the collector seldom has a concept of the word “enough.” No matter how many trading cards or figurines or fossils or whatever it is the collector fancies they already own, if they find one that they don’t already have in good condition at a reasonable price, they’re all over it. 1,047 more words


Word of the Day

Few people today pick up dictionaries. I’m talking about a dictionary in book form—front and back covers holding thin parchment pages full of words and their meanings. 596 more words

Everyday Life

8 children's names you won't find in the Oxford Junior Dictionary

Here’s a nice bit of irony.  What do the following have in common?

Bluebell, Fern, Hazel, Heather, Ivy, Lark, Willow, Ash.

Capitalising these words for much-loved wild flowers, plants, trees and bird gives a clue: they are 8 of the most popular children’s names. 464 more words

Oxford Word of the Month: February - doing the doors

noun: (of a politician) giving doorstop interviews to the media, especially at Parliament House.


A favourite tactic of journalists seeking comment from politicians is to conduct a brief interview with them as they enter or leave a building. 432 more words


#GorsuchDictionaries: Into the lexicographic weeds (updated, and updated again)

Note: If you’re coming back to this post after having read it already, be sure to note the additional update I’ve added, which comes right after the discussion that dates the W2 definition back to 1934. 4,110 more words

Law And Linguistics