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July 22, 2013

Another Great English Language Blog

Yes, I enjoy writing this blog, but it is certainly gratifying to see a journal with the credibility of The Economist feature a English language centered blog with....

...essentially the same premises that I operate under.

You can see The Economist's blog here - http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2013/07/language.

Here's an excerpt from the website;

Individual words are wonderful, and will certainly continue to feature in the column. But the more one looks at language, the more interesting the boring bits of plumbing start to seem—how words like which and whom stitch everything together. I sometimes think of those who collect word curios such as triskaidekaphobia as a bit like the chemistry buff who says “I’m fascinated by ruthenium!” To most chemists, the interesting thing is not so much the elements but how they interact, and so it is with your columnist. In any case, The Economist’s style book instructs writers to heed Orwell's view of fancy words: “Never use a long words when a short one will do.”

It will be interesting to see how my language interests intersect with, corroborate or contradict the esteemed pages of The Economist's.

Who knows? We might even do some blog exchanges....

Every language is steeped in history, correct, incorrect, clear and mangled usages and never stays still. American English in particular makes the language purists cringe. I cringe too, but I also, sometimes willingly, sometimes unknowingly, absorb, use and spread usages that would make users a generation ago grimace.

But such is language. May it always be so.

All I can say is, tread carefully through this language, and be sure to send me any language usages or historical nuances that interest you, and be sure to let me know what it is about language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

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

Morf

Also: for the first time in several years, Morf is available this August (and possibly even for a new full-time position) to visit your school or program, or even host or be a guest on your radio program. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com. As you can probably guess, Morf can talk or teach about just about anything related to language learning, linguistics and cultural changes.

Posted by mmorf at July 22, 2013 11:24 PM

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