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April 14, 2012

Are You Melliloquent? Flexiloquent?

Do you like words? How about rarely used or forgotten words? Or how about short words you can use in Scrabble or...

...other word games?

And yes, this means I have found yet more websites dedicated to the strange corners of the English language.

For those working on achieving (or eliminating) an accent, here is a brief pronunciation guide. If you look here - http://phrontistery.info/wp.html you can see what the majority pronunciation is. I also find it useful to see that there are also different - but equally correct - pronunciations.

Here's a list of strange, but perfectly legitimate, two or three letter words you can use in Scrabble or other word games - http://phrontistery.info/scrabble3.html.

Another category of words that is actually quite common is the set of words that have become vastly over-used - usually to the point of linguistic numbness. Even if you hear (or use) these words often, that does not mean they should be used. Here's a list of words that have lost their freshness - .http://www.lssu.edu/banished/current.php. This list of stale words for 2012 was compiled by Lake Superior State University.

And, if you are still wondering, melliloquent means to speak harmoniously or sweetly and flexiloquent means to speak ambiguously or to use words of doubtful or questionable meaning. You can see more words which describe categories and styles of speech here - http://phrontistery.info/speech.html.

As always, send us any words or phrases that make you crazy and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


Also, Morf just might be available to visit your school or agency this coming summer. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at April 14, 2012 12:30 PM


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