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: on Saturday

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

Decline in writing accuracy.

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

Fun with English adjective order

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

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Comment by Chris on Saturday

Ham handed origin

adjective
1.
clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed:
a ham-handed approach to dealing with people that hurts a lot of feelings.
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my understanding is  the term "Ham Handed, or "Ham-Fisted" in the military means something such as while attempting to fix something it's made worse than it was before it was 'repaired'.
Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Oh! I see, D.O.D.O is an acronym for Department of Diachronic Operations.

What does diachronic mean? If Latin, it means across time. 

OH! now I understand 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Saturday

I'm about halfway through. It's had me busting out in gales of laughter multiple times. For me anyway, it's an extremely entertaining lead. H.G. Wells' Time Machine meets 1001 Nights meets Robert Ludlum.

Just one teaser. [Sorry for the repetition, I posted it elsewhere]

There's a time travel element, and a visitor from our time is talking to a supposed lady of ill repute who's actually a spy and a witch, standing outside the Globe Theatre in the days of Shakespeare. They're having an argument, and the traveler from out time says, "Even more famous than Hamlet?"

And the lady replies:

Hamlet’s a dull fuck of a story where a fellow stands around lamenting how useless he is even to his own self, and then there’s a pansy swordfight and it’s over. The only good part of that is what he nicked from Kit’s [Christopher Marlowe] Dido.

Comment by Sean Murphy on December 8, 2017 at 9:08pm

"Diachronic"?!?

That certainly sounds like an entertaining read!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 7, 2017 at 7:07am

In the book by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, DODO is the Department of Diachronic Operations. Very entertaining novel.

Comment by Chris on December 7, 2017 at 12:07am

Brits: "Knock me up sometime."

Yanks: "Visit sometime."

It doesn't mean any more or any less than a cordial invitation

Comment by Sean Murphy on December 6, 2017 at 9:03pm

(I think the periods are vital.)

Comment by Sean Murphy on December 6, 2017 at 9:01pm

I tried a quick Google of D.O.D.O. and got this:

Comment by Sean Murphy on December 6, 2017 at 8:54pm

Since I heard the story from my wife as he told it to her as a young 'daddy's girl', no surprise that he got it translated.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2017 at 8:40pm

Sean, did your father-in-law take her up on it or did he get a translation first?

Bertold, what is a D.O.D.O? My search engine is of no help. It gives the Dodo bird. 

 

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