LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

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LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

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

Members: 211
Latest Activity: Feb 6

WELCOME TO LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

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

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

Decline in writing accuracy.

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 1, 2017. 91 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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 22, 2018 at 11:02am

Another great word: autohagiography. As far as I know, it was coined by Aleister Crowley to describe his Confessions.

Comment by Chris on January 20, 2018 at 5:28am

A interesting term is "wool magnet."

Comment by Chris on January 20, 2018 at 4:58am

In offices it's said that people gather around the water cooler to gossip. In Navy terms it's called a scuttlebutt.

Comment by Chris on January 20, 2018 at 4:53am

Is monty fishslaping a codpiece?

Comment by Chris on January 20, 2018 at 4:50am
Comment by Sean Murphy on January 16, 2018 at 9:12pm

(Cleese added the emphasis I represented with bold.)

Comment by Sean Murphy on January 16, 2018 at 9:12pm

"Skirmish" is a fine word, but again due to one of the members of Monty Python I am more partial to "squabble" and especially "tiff"...

Blind Pew, a character in the movie Yellowbeard played by John Cleese, said, "It sounded like there was a bit of a squabble."

"Squabble?!? They're all dead, Pew!!"

"Dead? Must have been more of a tiff then." as he got up to leave the tavern...

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 15, 2018 at 10:40am

I like those 3 words also, Bertold.

Comment by Chris on January 15, 2018 at 10:07am

There was so much terrible music in the disco era.  the noise "Ring My Bell "

is one of the many better forgotten.

It should have have been never released.  The song had something to do with merkins, and, or  codpieces.

Where were the music censors while that type of terrible music was played on the radio and in discotheques?

Censors did a good job requiring the movie indurtry to make all films kid friendly. - except the R rated films with a proclivity toward violence. that parents seem to enjoy taking their noncustodial children to  during their "Parenting Time." visits.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 15, 2018 at 9:18am

I always sort of liked the word troglogyte too. Also, skirmish and chortle.

 

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