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How do you pronounce ‘neologism’?

Neologism, literally ‘new word’, is not a word I hear spoken very often. I’ve always pronounced it /niˈɑləˌdʒɪz(ə)m/ – ‘nee-OL-uh-jiz-m’, more or less – but I’ve been wrong before about words I often see but seldom hear. 884 more words


"Alright" Is All Right, But That Doesn't Mean It's the Best Choice

Over on Kboards today, I read a good thread on a perennial editing question, “Is ‘alright’ all right?” I have some thoughts on this matter … of course! 773 more words

MMs (Mechanics Moments)

totally gonna geek out on y'all

So me and the hubs went out yesterday to run errands and on a whim we went to the Goodwill (it’s a charity shop for those not living in the USofA), and look what I found there! 309 more words

Daily Stuffs

Zeppelinphobia !

‘This item is from The Great War Archive, University of Oxford (www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa); © ’

Zeppelins featured, of necessity, in the Words in War-Time archive from the early weeks of war. 1,483 more words

No way! No means yes? No, seriously? No, totally!

A fabulous article by Kathryn Schultz in the New Yorker on the confusing and sometimes demented patterns of English language change…

“Not long ago, I walked into a friend’s kitchen and found her opening one of those evil, impossible-to-breach plastic blister packages with a can opener. 49 more words

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Socio-linguistics CAN be fun, you hear?

German comedian and broadcaster Henning Wehn explores the fast-growing use of ELF – English as a lingua franca. Around the world there are an estimated 800m non-native speakers of English… 8 more words

Learning Journies

How do new language forms from the internet translate into sign language?

As language evolves, the powers that regulate language tend to shift. Just look at the Oxford English Dictionary, who added terms like “duck face,” “lolcat,” and “hawt” to their prestigious lexicon this past December. 34 more words

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