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

Fun with English adjective order

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

Decline in writing accuracy.

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 6. 86 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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Plinius 8 hours ago


Comment by Bertold Brautigan 15 hours ago

@Tom - And "Nuts to butts."

Comment by tom sarbeck 16 hours ago
Mariner/nautical lingo: “Belay that!” means “Stop” or “Cancel that command.”
Very much more. Instead of “Wake up!” it was “Drop your cocks and grab your socks!”
Comment by Idaho Spud 23 hours ago

I like Grammarly when it works, but it doesn't 50 percent of the time, and what's worse, when it doesn't work, it keeps spell check from working as well.  I may have to delete it.

One interesting thing Grammarly told me, was to use a comma before the name of a person when the name was at the end of a sentence.  I thought it was only needed after the name when it was at the begining of a sentence.

Comment by Plinius yesterday

I think none of us is without faults, in any language we use. You haven't heard my Dutch accent....

Comment by Chris yesterday

Forgive me for intentional, and unintentional mispelling and my vernacular.

Fowl is a bird,

Foul  is an offensive.

The play on words is they sound the same even though they have different meanings.

Language unfrortunately is often used to control populations.

Unfortunately some if not many school systems prohibit diversity by denying exposure to different  language, culture, and/or religion.

As I learn I realize that language is fluid.

I don't think I'll accept  the word "Orentated"

The word is "Oriented."

Unfortunatley I wasn't taught multiple languages. Tidbits of different languages were taught here and there - nothing significant.

Learning multiple languages teaches about different cultures.

Every student should be taught to speak multiple languages rather than the gutter language I learned.

Comment by Chris yesterday

Waterfront/seabearing language may be known as Mariner Language.

Regarding Fowl:

Eat Crow.

Definition of eat crow

US, informal

:to admit that one was wrong or accept that one has been defeated
  • He was forced to eat crow when the company fired him.
Comment by Plinius yesterday

At least you can eat the fowl. But I don't know what a waterfront/seabearing twist to language is. 

Comment by Chris yesterday

" Merde" didn' t translate well. It should have been "Fuck" in english.

My native language is American English. I enjoy a waterfront/seabearing  twist to language.

I often mix up Foul for Fowl.

Chuckle - sorry if I offended anyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Chris, what is your native language? 


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