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LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

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

Members: 211
Latest Activity: Apr 5

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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
Origins
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:
Dictionary.com
Thesaurus.com
Reference.com
Wold Wide Words
Modern Language Association
PrefixSuffix.com
DrMardy.com
DrGrammar.org
AskOxford.com
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 Idaho Spud Apr 5. 96 Replies

25 Language Song

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Chris Jan 25. 1 Reply

Language as a Tool of State Repression

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 9. 0 Replies

Fun with English adjective order

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 6, 2017. 3 Replies

Eviscerating Language

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 17, 2017. 3 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

Throw Grammar from the Train

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 6, 2018 at 8:42pm

A comment on the expression déjá vu:

'This added to the world's stock of verbal garbage but it also provided the needy with a useful and quite posh-looking alternative to 'this is where I/we came in' and other tattered phrases with that sort of meaning.

--Kingsley Amis, The King's English

Comment by Chris on February 3, 2018 at 1:45am

what is the plural of crucifix?"

Genocide?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 2, 2018 at 9:18am

"If the plural of index is indices, and the plural of appendix is appendices, then what is the plural of crucifix?"

--Studs Kreitzer

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 27, 2018 at 10:00am

Comment by Sean Murphy on January 26, 2018 at 1:52pm

Now THAT's a kewl word!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2018 at 7:42am

ETYMOLOGY: After Euhemerus, a fourth-century BCE Greek writer, who proposed that the gods of mythology were based on real heroes whose accounts became exaggerated with time. Earliest documented use: 1846.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 25, 2018 at 5:20am

Chris, kids in public schools get occasional “piece of shit” teachers.

Kids in religious schools get occasional good teachers and streams of teachers who need psychiatric care.

Comment by Chris on January 25, 2018 at 3:43am

I had a second grade teacher who asked me "What's your favorite color"

My reply was do I have to have a favorate color?

As I recall the same teacher asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. 

I replied "how should I know I'm only six years old. She said just write you want to be a fireman or something like that.

Piece of shit teacher she was.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on January 25, 2018 at 3:34am

Chris, your gut wrenches (a sudden twisting movement). My gut wants to empty itself on judgmental folk.


The words ‘good’ and ‘evil’ serve the nefarious purposes of those who teach religion to innocent children; they add usurped political power to the entirely selfish responses ‘I like’ and ‘I dislike’.

Comment by Chris on January 24, 2018 at 11:37pm

I wonder if  I'm the only one who's gut wretches when I hear someone say the word "Evil."

To me the word "Evil" is a Abrihamic word meaning the "Devil."

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