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 Joan Denoo Aug 26. 85 Replies

Eviscerating Language

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

Throw Grammar from the Train

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Comment by glenn hood on August 7, 2014 at 7:40am


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Comment by James M. Martin on August 2, 2014 at 8:48am

The use of quotations in this manner is highly offensive to me. Quotation marks, as we all know, have limited purposes, mostly to quote someone, partly to cast aspersions on the truth of the words within the marks themselves. I might say, for example, that Ruth Anthony-Gardner is a fine "Preacher." Thus, you would be put on alarm that she might also be a thoroughgoing atheist who would not be caught dead in a church, unless maybe it is to check out the Atheist Church in Houston, Texas, now competing with Joel Osteen.

Comment by James M. Martin on August 2, 2014 at 8:44am

This is a great web page. If I had read half of the books on the suggested titles list, I would feel competent to post. My main interest is Spanglish or Tex-Mex or any combination of English and Mexican Spanish. I go there annually and am in Oaxaca this fall. The dialects are unbelievable, but so are our own in South Texas. The jumble of English and Spanish words, the latter often mispronounced, is amazing, and they are as lazy in speech as some Southerners in the U.S. Thus, the four letter word, pues, becomes a three latter one, pos. It's fun to hear such things.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 1, 2014 at 5:05pm

Thanks for the combined laughs and groans from misused quotation marks, Ruth!

The last one, EMPLOYEE MUST "WASH HANDS", would be fear-inducing rather than reassuring in a restaurant or food-store restroom. It makes it seem that employees there do a ritual of pretend hygiene after using the toilet!

Here's a "security guard" who's earned his quotation marks:

(image source: "50 Funny Ironic Pictures"; this picture is all around the web)

Then there's this mother lode of quotation mark, apostrophe, and capitalization abuse from a Lantana, Florida laundromat:

'ParenT's' Please Do noT LeT your 'KID's' STAND or Play wiTh The (Chair's) Thank You(image source -- the.kingfish on Flickr has a few more pictures of bad signs, most embodying the myth that an apostrophe means "beware of oncoming S!")

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2014 at 3:53pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 22, 2013 at 1:01pm

One of the articles I saw on the pronunciation of "GIF" pointed out that the pronunciations of (other) acronyms aren't bound by their underlying words. "Scuba" is pronounced "scooba" even though we don't say (self-contained) "oonderwater" (breathing apparatus). Similarly for "laser", "radar", and others.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 22, 2013 at 12:38pm

Damon Darlin: "this should settle the GIF-JIF divide once and for all:"

Comment by Natalie A Sera on May 22, 2013 at 12:29am

And then, just to confuse things, there's polymath, which is from the Greek poly = much and manthanein = to learn. So, someone who knows a lot. Or at least enough to know that you can get a second crop from that field! Sorry, couldn't resist! :-P

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2013 at 5:56pm

Wingdings is the most novel, LOLcat-font.


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