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An incredulous anachronism?

I was struck by this use of incredulous in an old trailer for the 1932 Universal Studios film The Mummy, starring Boris Karloff:

My first reaction was that it should be… 432 more words


London's Underground languages


Hurtling deep underground in a Tube train, it can be hard to picture the streets overhead, and harder still to learn much about their eight million inhabitants. 141 more words


On anglicisms, angst and Butterbrot

Exeposé Features (23 September 2015)

The first few weeks of a year abroad can be challenging. I mean, there’s a new city to get used to, new rules, a new job or placement and, of course, a new language. 940 more words


The Vocabularist: Are fans fanatical or fanciful?

A fascinating insight into the origins of the sporting term “fan” – great for Language students, particularly when studying Language Change.




Now let me just say that folks above a certain age bracket MAY not have the hearty laugh that I did when I stumbled upon this beauty during a Saturday morning shopping run. 354 more words

Photo Opinion

Corporate etymologies: trademarked lexis

“The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.” 157 more words

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