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Enlightenment words.

40 years of words from the enlightenment. ‘The Britannica guide.’ Late 18th /early 19th century. Industry, industrialist, democracy, class,…

Started by Gerald Payne

2 Sep 17, 2015
Reply by Plinius

Wandering Words

The adverb "only"  may wander more than any other. Only I painted my auto. I only painted my auto. I painted only my auto. I painted my onl…

Started by tom sarbeck

5 Dec 7, 2014
Reply by Grinning Cat

One Letter Words, a Dictionary

Compiler Craig Conley says, "In Shakespeare's time, R was called littera canina, 'the dog's letter', because it sounded like a dog's growl.…

Started by tom sarbeck

0 Aug 7, 2014

Emotionally loaded vowels

We speak as we feel, we feel as we speak Assume one cartoon character is always happy and another usually not. Which character is happy, Ko…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Aug 1, 2014
Reply by Grinning Cat

Automatic captions and fiberglass growth factor

Before spelling was fixed, people read aloud. I feel thrown back to the Middle Ages when reading a YouTube video transcript. This was a st…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

2 Feb 23, 2014
Reply by Loren Miller

Changes to word meanings.

I just heard about “The Sharing Economy”: If…

Started by Idaho Spud

4 Feb 7, 2014
Reply by Dogly

Typos and Other Sources of Humor

In my job I occasionally have to respond to call center forms documenting mis-shipments, missing parts, overages, etc. So, often I end up d…

Started by Glenn Sogge

162 Nov 26, 2013
Reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

Will your head literally explode? OED recognizes informal use of "literally"

The Oxford English Dictionary now recognizes the long-used informal sense of "literally" as an intensifier meaning "virtually" or "figurati…

Started by Grinning Cat

6 Aug 24, 2013
Reply by Idaho Spud

Soda? Pop? Coke? and over 100 other dialect variations (survey results and maps) One of the 122 questions: 105. What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated b…

Started by Grinning Cat

3 Mar 10, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat

Rape culture embedded in language

Discussion of the underlying cause of India's rape culture, and that of mysogenist violence against women worldwide, underlies the role of…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Mar 8, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat




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