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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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April 20, 2013

Inventing A Language

The primary reason English is such a complicated, difficult, frustrating and yes fascinating and enduring language is that...

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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...

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March 25, 2013

To Whom It May Concern; Is Whom Dead?

Of all the personal pronouns, 'whom' seems to be the one that...

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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...

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March 10, 2013

Some Words To Stop Using

New words come from every vocation and experience, but there are some words that are...

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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...

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February 08, 2013

Crowd Sourcing New Words

Words continually emerge from different encounters, experiences and from specialized areas like...

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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...

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