LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is a group for people who love languages, words, and grammar.

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LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is a group for people who love languages, words, and grammar.

The only requirement for joining this group is that you possess a modicum of interest in languages, etymology, grammar, punctuation, and pronunciation. You do not have to be erudite or scholarly; you do not have to be a linguist or grammarian. You just have to have the desire to learn new things about language, or share the knowledge you possess.

The purpose of this group will be to help us explore the diversity of language, hone our grammar and spelling skills, understand correct word usage, expand our vocabulary, explore language and word history, and find new ways to communicate.

How we talk about things is equally important as what we talk about. Language is a part of our thinking, speaking, and writing; it is mind, tongue, and hand. It is about how we relate to other people and understand the world around us. It is communication and the exchange of ideas. It is learning, empathy, history, and politics. It can persuade, disarm, conquer, cajole, unnerve, offend, shame, enrich, encourage, inspire, destroy, or sustain. It is all these things and more.

However, the emphasis of LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is not on writing and publication. If you are interested in these topics, please join the group ATHEIST WRITERS. That does not mean that you cannot ask questions about writing here, it is just that we are not trying to compete with the well-established writer's group. I simply recommend that you use your best judgment and post your discussion in the group that best fits the topic.

The focus here will obviously be on the English language, but it is not restricted to English only. Topics can include correct spelling and grammar issues, etymology, vocabulary and usage, language history and lexicography, dialects and idioms, trivia, and resources such as books and websites.

Books & DVDs:
The Adventure of English (DVD)
The Bedford Handbook
The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Fowler's Modern English Usage,
Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language
Gossip, Grooming, and the Evolution of Language
Metaphors We Live By
Modern American Usage: A Guide
The Mother Tongue
The Mountain Man's Field Guide to Grammar
Philosophy in the Flesh
Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language
The Story of Human Language
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
There's a Word for It

Other A|N groups of interest:

Nexus Book Club
Atheist Librarians
Athiest Writers

External Links:
Wold Wide Words
Modern Language Association
Common Errors in English
The Global Language Monitor
Guide to Grammar and Style
The Elements of Style
How to Speak and Write Correctly
World Wide Words
Online Etymology Dictionary
The Rosetta Project
The Phrontistery
Charles Harrington Elster

Discussion Forum

Decline in writing accuracy.

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 20, 2016. 80 Replies

25 Language Song

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 2, 2016. 0 Replies

Not face = universal language

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 28, 2016. 1 Reply

Pronouns for Gender Fluidity

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Kelly Jan 13, 2016. 1 Reply

Pronouns for Gender Fluidity

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 13, 2016. 0 Replies

Enlightenment words.

Started by Gerald Payne. Last reply by Plinius Sep 17, 2015. 2 Replies

Wandering Words

Started by tom sarbeck. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2014. 5 Replies

One Letter Words, a Dictionary

Started by tom sarbeck Aug 7, 2014. 0 Replies

Emotionally loaded vowels

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Automatic captions and fiberglass growth factor

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 23, 2014. 2 Replies

Changes to word meanings.

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Dogly Feb 7, 2014. 4 Replies

Typos and Other Sources of Humor

Started by Glenn Sogge. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 26, 2013. 162 Replies

Rape culture embedded in language

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 8, 2013. 1 Reply

Txtng and the future of English

Started by Grinning Cat Mar 3, 2013. 0 Replies

Two layers of language

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 22, 2013. 0 Replies

Text-mining stylistic and thematic connections

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Steph S. Aug 28, 2012. 1 Reply

What makes a memorable quote?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tony Carroll May 10, 2012. 4 Replies

Throw Grammar from the Train

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 14, 2016 at 11:28am

In the face of such trumpery, the Donald deserves to be TRUMPED!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 14, 2016 at 11:10am

Good one G Cat.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 14, 2016 at 3:10am

Trumpery. So very appropriate.

If Trump's bizarreries, seeing conspiracies everywhere and attacking everyone, are not due to a brain tumor, are they hereditary?

If I knew how to do genealogy I might look up his ancestors and see if their behaviors inspired someone to apply the word.

Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2016 at 12:41am


Comment by Grinning Cat on October 13, 2016 at 4:14pm

English is an amazingly prescient language! A term used 150 years before the British colonization of the Americas turns out to be eerily relevant to the U.S. presidential campaign here in 2016!

(newspaper clipping with letters to the editor) PRESCIENT LANGUAGE - Who would have thought English was such a prescient language? The Oxford English Dictionary tells me the word “trumpery”, first used in 1456, means “deceit, fraud, imposture, trickery”. How could it have known in advance? - Geoff Holden, Carnegie

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 10, 2015 at 6:18pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 21, 2015 at 2:13pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 24, 2015 at 9:51pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2014 at 10:22pm

A very Atheist-Nexus-worthy footnote in Chip Kidd's foreword to Simon Garfield's Just My Type: A book about fonts: (ellipses mine)

Believe it or not, but as a child my first encounter with conceptual typography came from no less than the Bible. I was brought up in the United Church of Christ, a blessedly benign branch of the Protestant faith... and it just so happened that the text of our Bibles featured a very simple device... everything that Jesus said was printed in red*.... There was simply no mistaking who was declaring things like the meek shall inherit the Earth, Lazarus come forth! one of you will betray me, and so on.

* As you can see, this book is not a two-color print job, therefore I have semi-cleverly substituted what would have been red with bold face. The use of the imagination is encouraged, as it so often is in places of worship.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 2, 2014 at 7:32am

A lovely turn of phrase--

Esquire columnist Charlie Pierce, a latter day Mark Twain if there ever was one, in excoriating the Boston Herald over a racist cartoon they ran, referred to

the entire squid cloud of weaselspeak that they threw up in their defense.


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