June 28, 2014
What Makes A Word 'Real'?
In the English language, words come from just about anywhere; technical jargon, international contact and sometimes misunderstanding or...
January 18, 2014
Where Words Come From
English words, perhaps to a degree never seen before in human history, come from almost anywhere; from technical jargon to lines from plays or films, real or misunderstood song lyrics, and of course....
December 25, 2013
New Words Courtesy Of 2013
The year 2013 has been quite a year in many ways.
All kinds of technologies and developments have, as usual, only increased our...
October 23, 2013
No Brainers In The Thought Shower
Every source of work or activity seem to generate its own brand of slang and jargon.
Most of it is discordant or incomprehensible at first, but some of it is just plain...
April 20, 2013
Inventing A Language
The primary reason English is such a complicated, difficult, frustrating and yes fascinating and enduring language is that...
March 30, 2013
Is Language More Than Words?
Is a language more than words?
It's a strange question, I know.
Technically a language is made up of words and the rules concerning how to use them.
But is there more?
I have often thought that...
March 25, 2013
To Whom It May Concern; Is Whom Dead?
Of all the personal pronouns, 'whom' seems to be the one that...
March 20, 2013
Is Texting Killing The English Language?
English, like every language throughout history, has faced many challenges from conquest, immigration and emigration and...
March 10, 2013
Some Words To Stop Using
New words come from every vocation and experience, but there are some words that are...
February 24, 2013
Some Words Of Downton Abbey
Words in the English language come from just about everywhere. They emerge, disappear and sometimes re-emerge.
Sometimes we get a historical glimpse of how words fit or...
February 08, 2013
Crowd Sourcing New Words
Words continually emerge from different encounters, experiences and from specialized areas like...
August 17, 2012
Where Do New Words Come From?
My students ask me where words come from. I get this question every week or so. It is...